Cloud Whitepapers

The Agility Gap in Today’s Private Cloud

If you’re like most organizations, your users and even your CEO are demanding “a cloud like Amazon” where they can instantly spin up servers through a self-service portal. And you may have given them something that looks like that. However, delivering a portal with scripted provisioning in a first-generation “cloud” isn’t going to deliver the

Building Supplies Distributor Shifts Web Security to Cloud

Business Challenge MacArthur Corporation is a distributor of roofing, siding, HVAC, and other building materials for residential and commercial construction. Headquartered in St. Paul, Minnesota, the company maintains 36 distribution locations and two recently acquired manufacturing facilities in the upper Midwest and mountain states and on the west coast. With a basic hub-and-spoke architecture, MacArthur’s

Get More out of Cloud with a Structured Workload Analysis

“Adopting cloud technology is a reasonably easy decision. Figuring out when and how to get the most value from cloud computing is the next—often more challenging—step. This white paper shows how a robust analysis of your workloads can help identify candidates for target cloud environments, by asking key questions, such as: Can the workload run

Choosing a partner for enterprise cloud production workloads

Many IT professionals cite loss of control as a barrier to using third-party partners for enterprise cloud construction and management. Read the white paper to learn how IBM SmartCloud Services help knock down this barrier by offering the cost-savings and convenience of a third-party cloud with a web portal that gives you control of cloud


The entire IT industry is evolving, whether organisations like it or not. The solution is clearly not wholesale adoption of any single model – public, private or hybrid; by the same token, neither can organisations bury their heads in the sand and rely exclusively on legacy systems and architectures. To do so simply increases cost

Selecting the Optimal Path to Private Cloud

Cloud computing models offer a new approach for IT organizations to deliver business services to end users. By implementing their own internal or “private” cloud infrastructures, IT organizations can deploy a technology model that provides both flexible IT architectures and dynamic business agility. The private cloud model, once fully implemented, offers capacity on a pay-as-you-go