IBM Introduces Three New Cloud Computing Packages
At its analyst conference, IBM announced three more additions to its Project Blue Cloud bag of goodies: a new software infrastructure specifically aimed at the building of private cloud systems, an online information archive and -- you've guessed it -- a slew of new consulting services to go with both.
It took a little while for IBM to define its corporate approach to cloud computing during the last few years, but now that it has one, the world's largest IT company is going all out in the sector.
On Oct. 6 at its Information Infrastructure Analyst Summit in Boston, the company introduced three more additions to its Project Blue Cloud bag of goodies: a new software infrastructure specifically aimed at the building of private cloud systems, an online information archive and -- you've guessed it -- a slew of new consulting services to go with both.
"This is really the next instance in the continuing drumbeat of IBM delivering enterprise-ready cloud services," IBM Cloud CTO Kristof Kloeckner told eWEEK. "We're putting a great deal of corporate time and effort into this."
Cloud computing, or utility computing, serves up computing power, data storage or applications from one data center location over a grid to thousands or millions of users on a subscription basis. This general kind of cloud-examples include the services provided online by Amazon EC2, Google Apps and Salesforce.com-is known as a public cloud, because any business or individual can subscribe.
Last June, IBM launched three cloud models: IBM Smart Business Test Cloud, a private cloud behind the client's firewall, with hardware, software and services supplied by IBM; Smart Business Development & Test and Smart Business Application Development & Test, which use Rational Software Delivery Services on IBM's existing global cloud system; and IBM CloudBurst, a preintegrated set of hardware, storage, virtualization and networking options, with a built-in service management system.
The underpinnings of these are Tivoli Provisioning Manager 7.1 and the new Tivoli Service Automation Manager, which automates the deployment and management of computing clouds. The same foundations will power the new packages.
"The intent of this private storage cloud offering is to serve customers efficiently with their active, file-based data -- the term would be near-line storage, meaning it's not direct-attached storage, but not remote archival storage, either," Kloeckner said. "The scenarios would include any information-rich enterprise that needs frequently accessed data in a file format."