IBM Addresses Enterprise Cloud Needs

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2009-06-15 Print this article Print

Back in February, IBM released Rational AppScan 7.8, an application management system that enables Web services to be secure and regulations-compliant. Alongside the new Rational AppScan OnDemand, this service software ensures that Web services are monitored on a continuous basis and provide IT managers with ongoing security analysis.

Using this catalog, users can get a custom private cloud built by IBM, get started immediately on building their own cloud with IBM CloudBurst or choose to receive standardized cloud services from the existing IBM cloud.

IBM also is providing optional virtual desktops, which use about two-thirds less power than traditional desktops and laptops and are much lighter loads for servers to handle.

IBM offers two options in this realm: the IBM Smart Business Desktop Cloud, which is a cloud service delivered via the client's own infrastructure and data center; and the IBM Smart Business Desktop on the IBM Cloud, which is delivered via IBM's own public cloud.

IBM: Listening, learning for two years

"Since their announcement of Project Blue Cloud a year and a half ago, IBM has been doing nothing but listening and learning. And this [represents] the first fruits of that," James Staten, Forrester Research principal analyst for IT Infrastructure, told eWEEK. "We think they actually got it right."

IBM now understands what a cloud solution is and what an enterprise needs it to do, Staten said.

"These are just 1.0 offerings, but they're correct in understanding the solution," Staten said. "The first real toe-in-the-water effort by any enterprise is going to be tied to [development]. IT operations, the central guys who run the data center, don't like the fact that their 'innovative' developers are bypassing them and going to use public cloud resources. They want to offer something as an alternative to that, but it has to meet their security [requirements] and pass all their processes and procedures."

IBM understands this, so it has two offerings, the first being a hosted cloud with enterprise-level security parameters around it, Staten said.

"It's not that different from some of the others that are available, such as Terramark or Rackspace, but it has the IBM stamp of legitimacy on it," Staten said. "So if you're an IBM customer, or customer of IBM outsourcing, this becomes attractive."

The second option is software development inside the cloud, "which is what the IT ops guys really want: to keep all that development effort staying inside the data center," Staten said. "They just needed something they can deploy quickly that uses the cloud; that's what this CloudBurst thing is all about."

Hewlett-Packard recently launched HP BladeSystem Matrix, a similar set of products and services. "It's all the same components," Staten said. "They just didn't call it 'cloud.'"

For current IBM-Tivoli customers, "this will be really easy to consume," Staten said. "Because they've built a tie-in to Tivoli Provisioning Manager and Tivoli Service Automation Manager, which are at the core. So this is going to become really, really simple.
"If you're a non-IBM shop, this is kind of a nonevent."

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Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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