IBM introduces a new enterprise cloud computing offering aimed at businesses that will help enable Big Blue to meet its projections of $7 billion in revenue from the cloud by 2015.
has jumped head first into the public cloud space with its new IBM
SmartCloud enterprise-class, secure cloud offering that has been specifically
created to meet the demands of businesses.
introduced its new SmartCloud offering at an April 7 event in San
Francisco. In an interview with eWEEK, Ric Telford, IBM's
vice president of Cloud Services, said IBM
has identified key pain points that have been inhibiting broader adoption of
cloud computing for businesses and is addressing these in the new SmartCloud
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, enterprise cloud technologies and services offerings for private,
public and hybrid clouds based on IBM
hardware, software, services and best practices.
is seeing cloud adoption in the enterprise hit a stride," Telford
said. We see the cloud as another key inflection point in the industry, similar
to e-business, and Linux and open source. "Between our hardware, software and
services that will go into supporting our client needs for cloud computing, we
can see our way to the $7 billion figure by 2015."
$7 billion figure refers to the target IBM
set for its cloud computing solutions. Samuel Palmisano, IBM's
chairman, president and CEO, has identified cloud computing as one of IBM
key growth areas on IBM's 2015 roadmap. And
Mark Loughridge, the company's chief financial officer, stated that IBM
projects $7 billion in cloud revenue by 2015.
IBM officials said with the SmartCloud
solution, 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: Security
and isolation, availability and performance; technology platforms; management
support and deployment; payment and billing.
IBM SmartCloud includes an array of secure
managed services, to run diverse workloads across multiple delivery methods
both public and private, IBM said.
new IBM SmartCloud allows for the best of
both worlds - the cost savings and scalability of a shared cloud environment
plus the security, enterprise capabilities and support services of a private
environment," said Erich Clementi, senior vice president, IBM
Global Technology Services. "In thousands of cloud engagements, we have
discovered that enterprise client wants a choice of cloud deployment models
that meet the requirements of their workloads and the demands of their
This level of choice and control translates into capabilities
customized to a user's needs and priorities, whether they are deploying a
simple web application, an ordering logistics system or a complete ERP system, IBM