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IBM Unveils Smart Cloud Services and Technologies for the Enterprise

April 7, 2011 by  

Hosting ReviewsSan Francisco, CA – IBM today announced next generation cloud services and technology advances for clients moving key enterprise business processes into production cloud environments to innovate, reduce costs and increase agility.

To accelerate the shift from experimentation, development and assessment to full scale enterprise deployment of cloud, IBM is building out its existing cloud portfolio with IBM SmartCloud, its next-generation, enterprise cloud technologies and services offerings for private, public and hybrid clouds based on IBM hardware, software, services and best practices.


As part of this announcement, IBM is demonstrating a next-generation, enterprise cloud service delivery platform currently piloting with key clients and available later this year. For the first time, enterprise clients will be able to select key characteristics of a public, private and hybrid cloud to match workload requirements from simple Web infrastructure to complex business processes, along five dimensions, including:

· Security and isolation
· Availability and performance
· Technology platforms
· Management Support and Deployment
· Payment and Billing

Announcements include new services, software, standards initiatives, and customers wins, including:

IBM SmartCloud
Building on IBM’s existing public cloud, the new service will be offered in two tiers, Enterprise and Enterprise +, giving clients an unprecedented level of choice and economic benefits, combining the cost saving and scalability of a shared environment plus the flexibility to “dial-in” the security, existing applications, reliability, management and support services more typical of a private environment.

IBM Workload Deployer
IBM now provides a single platform to enable clients to provision all the middleware and application components they need to run Web workloads in the cloud across multiple systems in a simple and repeatable fashion. This will allow businesses to respond quickly to new requests for services from their customers, and rapidly deploy new applications that will increase revenue and deliver greater customer satisfaction.

Cloud Standards Customer Council

IBM is joining with more than 45 of world’s leading enterprises like Citigroup, Lockheed Martin and NC State University to help advance cloud adoption prioritizing key interoperability issues such as management, reference architectures, hybrid cloud, as well as security and compliance.

Social Business in the Cloud
IBM is extending its growth as one of the largest SaaS providers unveiling new clients American Airlines, Aviva, Carfax, Costco, Frito Lay, IndiaFirst Life Insurance Co., Shriram Transport Finance Company Ltd., and 7Eleven.

IBM and its Business Partners help thousands of clients adopt cloud models and manages millions of cloud based transactions every day assisting customers in areas as diverse as banking, communications, healthcare and government to build their own clouds or securely tap into IBM cloud-based business and infrastructure services.

IBM began its cloud initiative nearly five years ago establishing “Blue Cloud” labs around the world to accelerate collaboration with innovative clients, governments and universities. Cloud is now a core growth area for IBM expected to drive $7 billion in revenue by 2015 in hardware, software and services.

“We are committed to helping clients both extend their IT investments and become leading providers of cloud-based business process services in their own industries,” said Steve Mills, senior vice president, Senior Vice President and Group Executive – Software & Systems. “We have a track record of helping clients safely embrace and accelerate enterprise adoption of new models and technologies – from e-business to Linux and open source – and we’re doing it now for Cloud.”

The demand for cloud computing is exploding as organizations seek to expand the impact of IT to deliver new and innovative services while realizing significant economies of scale. According to IDC, $17 billion was spent on cloud-related technologies, hardware and software in 2009. IDC expects that spending will grow to $45 billion by 2013. (1)

About IBM Cloud Computing
IBM has helped thousands of clients adopt cloud models and manages millions of cloud based transactions every day. IBM assists clients in areas as diverse as banking, communications, healthcare and government to build their own clouds or securely tap into IBM cloud-based business and infrastructure services. IBM is unique in bringing together key cloud technologies, deep process knowledge, a broad portfolio of cloud solutions, and a network of global delivery centers. For more information about IBM cloud solutions, visit www.ibm.com/smartcloud

1) IDC http://itmanagement.earthweb.com/netsys/article.php/3870016/IDC-Sees-Cloud-Market-Maturing-Quickly.htmhttp://itmanagement.earthweb.com/netsys/article.php/3870016/IDC-Sees-Cloud-Market-Maturing-Quickly.htm

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