Cloud Demand Is Exploding

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2011-04-07 Print this article Print


Moreover, the new IBM cloud can enable organizations, their employees and partners, to get what they need, as they need it - from advanced analytics and business applications to IT infrastructure like virtual servers and storage or access to tools for testing software code - all deployed securely across IBM's global network of cloud data centers, the company said

The IBM SmartCloud has two implementation options: Enterprise and Enterprise +. The Enterprise version is available today and expands on IBM's existing Development and Test Cloud. This enables customers to expand on internal development and test efforts with reduction of application development tasks from days to minutes via automation and rapid provisioning with over 30 percent reduction in costs versus traditional application environments.

The Enterprise+ implementation will be made available later this year, Enterprise + will complement and expand on the value of the Enterprise version, and offer new capabilities to provide a core set of multi-tenant services to manage virtual server, storage, network and security infrastructure components including managed operational production services.

Meanwhile, in the third quarter of 2011, Big Blue will offer IBM SAP Managed Application Services on the IBM SmartCloud. These new services automate the most common labor intensive tasks associated with managing SAP environments. The services catalog for SAP on the IBM SmartCloud provides for the automated provisioning of SAP environments and significantly reduces the cost and labor associated with SAP cloning, refreshes and patching. SAP services on the IBM SmartCloud provide production service levels and optional 24 / 7 DBA and SAP Basis support.

Benefits from IBM's SAP in the Cloud service, include:

-          Install of DB2/Oracle from 1 day to 12 minutes

-          Maintain database libraries from ??รณ day to 8 minutes

-          Clone database from 2-3 days to 20 minutes

-          Install of operating system from 1 day to 30 minutes

-          Prepare upgrade/provide SAP system from 2-3 days to 40 minutes

-          Add additional application server form 1 day to 10 minutes

-          SAP systems refresh from 1 - 4 days to 3 minutes

"We selected the IBM SmartCloud to host our production and non-production SAP environments." said David Cummings, CIO at Univar, in a statement.  "We believe IBM is uniquely qualified to provide us with a production cloud platform for hosting and cloud based automations for managing application environments."

IBM also is enabling customers to deploy their Lotus Domino applications to the IBM SmartCloud with the Lotus Domino Utility Server for LotusLive. LotusLive provides integrated email, social business and third-party applications from the cloud. The new server licensing model extends customer deployment options for Domino applications from on-premises to cloud. With the immediate availability of the Domino Utility Server for LotusLive, clients can now move applications to the IBM SmartCloud - Enterprise and take advantage of fixed, predictable pricing and flexible deployment.  IBM Global Technology Services will also work with clients on planning and assessments.

The demand for cloud computing is exploding, analysts say. According to IDC, $17 billion was spent on cloud-related technologies, hardware and software in 2009 and IDC expects that spending will grow to $45 billion by 2013.

Darryl K. Taft covers the development tools and developer-related issues beat from his office in Baltimore. He has more than 10 years of experience in the business and is always looking for the next scoop. Taft is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and was named 'one of the most active middleware reporters in the world' by The Middleware Co. He also has his own card in the 'Who's Who in Enterprise Java' deck.

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