IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2017 - 6
Different Cloud Types
hen I started college, I was eager to get my science
requirements accomplished, so I took an introduction
to meteorology course. I figured that would provide
lifelong, helpful information. While I learned a lot, I gained a
great deal of knowledge from the discussion on clouds. I had
a baseline understanding that different clouds had different
shapes and characteristics, but it was interesting to explore
more deeply all of the different cloud types and the traits that came with them.
That's something meteorological clouds share with cloud
computing: Different types serve diverse purposes and produce varying outcomes. The IBM z14* platform features hardware and firmware improvements for clients to take advantage
of cloud computing capabilities. Find out how organizations
can integrate cloud in the cover story on page 20. And the
feature on page 26 breaks down the different cloud solutions
and how to determine-based on your workloads and needs-
what's right for you.
Picking the right cloud managed service provider can help
ensure data is optimally protected. Learn how to integrate cloud
into your risk management strategy in the Trends article on
page 12. Also, cloud can bring modern development and tools
to your system. The Developer column on page 34 gives steps to
connect applications and data to a hybrid cloud via APIs.
In Tech Showcase on page 30, a member of the IBM Z*
Skills Academic Initiative team and a recent mainframe hire
explore what clients and organizations can do to recruit, hire
and retain top mainframe talent.
As you will read in this issue, the types of clouds available
on IBM Z support a variety of workloads and capabilities that
are as unique as the shapes and as numerous as the clouds in
the sky. To determine the weather, all you must do is look up.
To find cloud solutions for your organization, all you must do
is look in the pages of this issue of the magazine.
Valerie Dennis // Managing Editor
Bill Bernstein R
Breaking Through for the Photo
IBM Systems Magazine assigned me a cover photograph
that dealt with a solution for the cloud. I came up with a
concept involving a ladder and drew a quick sketch to send
to Art Director Mike Novak. Once the sketch was approved,
I went online looking for a good, high resolution stock shot
of clouds that I could purchase. The most important part
was matching the lighting and angle of the subject in the
photo session with the stock shot of the clouds to make
the image feel as real as possible. Later, I used a program
to composite the two images to create the effect of IBMer
Barry Baker on the ladder "breaking through" the clouds.
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PHOTOGRAPHY BY BILL BERNSTEIN
PHOTOGRAPHY BY KRISTIE ENGEBRETSON ANDERSON
Keelia Moeller, author of the Stop
Run on page 40, is an avid reader
of literature and literary theory.
As a Master of Arts candidate in
English, she spends the majority of
her "free time" immersed in books
or scholarly articles. When she's
not reading, she's writing about
everything she's already read. This
summer, she read seven books,
two plays and countless literary
theories, and wrote over 60 pages
in analytical essays.