In this first chapter we will cover the essentials of cloud computing and set the stage for the chapters to follow. We will briefly cover the essential characteristics, business benefits, and organizational impact of cloud computing to avoid any misconception later on in the book.
After this we discover what IBM® has to offer in the cloud computing arena in the IBM® SmartCloud® portfolio. From this portfolio, we find out which foundational components, cloud services, and cloud solutions IBM has available.
Lastly, we cover the strengths and weaknesses of IBM® SmartCloud® Enterprise within the portfolio before we learn how to get started with this specific cloud solution in the next chapter.