At its Pulse 2012 conference, IBM introduced a series of new offerings to address the emerging shift in enterprise cloud adoption.
VEGASIBM (NYSE: IBM) has introduced new software that addresses what Big Blue
has identified as the next shift in enterprise cloud adoption.
conference here, IBM unveiled new SmartCloud solutions as well as software to
extend its secure cloud management capabilities to mobile devices and physical
assets. The new technology represents advancement in the level of visibility,
control and automation for organizations to securely manage and deploy cloud
services, IBM said.
year at Pulse we placed a big focus on where our clients are rapidly headingthe
convergence of the cloud with the proliferation of mobile," said Scott
Hebner, vice president of marketing at IBM Tivoli, speaking at an event
announcing IBM's new offerings. Hebner added that when he speaks of "mobile"
he is not just talking about laptops, tablets and smartphones, but TVs and
embedded systems in cars, trains, planes and other areas.
is the top driver of cloud computing," Hebner said. "It's a
fundamental cost statement; it's about lowering cost. And speed of delivery is
the next phase of the cloudthe speed with which you can get out new products
computing and mobility are forcing enormous change," said Jamie Thomas,
vice president of strategy and development at IBM Tivoli. Cloud and mobile,
along with smarter physical infrastructures and security, are key driving
factors of a fundamental transformation of IT, Thomas said. "Security is
the glue that allows us to create an effective Smarter Planet solution,"
cited a recent IBM Institute for Business Value study that found that 90 percent
of organizations expect to adopt or substantially deploy a cloud model in the
next three years. As organizations take the next step beyond
virtualized data centers and expand their cloud environments, they are faced
with what has become known as "virtual image sprawl," according to
Virtual images are typically between 5 to 20 gigabytes
in size. Multiply that by the thousands of virtual images created today, with
larger enterprises having 5,000 to 20,000 virtual machinesmaking it costly and
challenging for IT managers who are tasked with improving service levels.
"Virtual images are
tripling every two years, outpacing the doubling in compute power and
essentially flat IT budgets," said Daniel Sabbah, general manager of IBM
Tivoli Software, in a statement. "With current operating practices, every
two years, you'd need 1.5 times the physical infrastructure to support cloud
and twice the labor. That's an unsustainable cost and management problem
which is the exact opposite of the promise of cloud. We are delivering a much
higher level of control over cloud service delivery allowing our customers to
quickly, easily and affordably move to higher levels of value beyond
IBM said enterprises need to exert the same control over the virtualized,
distributed world as they would exert over prior models of IT. IBM's new
offerings address these issues. The new IBM
SmartCloud Control Desk provides organizations with the ability to
maintain configuration integrity in response to planned changes and unplanned
incidents and problems occurring across a complex IT landscape to ensure continuity
of service, speed of response and efficiency of management.
"The IBM SmartCloud Control
Desk is to manage and control the proliferation of cloud services across you
enterprise," Hebner said. "It helps control a post-deployment
environment of cloud services."
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