As part of a new cloud-computing push, IBM announced its new Workload Deployer appliance for creating private-cloud environments.
At an IBM Cloud Forum event in San Francisco, Big Blue
announced several new cloud-computing initiatives, including new workload-deployment
The new IBM Workload Deployer, announced April 7, is a
hardware appliance that provides access to IBM middleware virtual images and
patterns to easily, quickly and repeatedly create application environments that
can be securely deployed and managed in a private cloud. The IBM Workload
Deployer was previously known as WebSphere CloudBurst Appliance.
claim the company led the market with the first private-cloud development
platform, the IBM WebSphere CloudBurst appliance, which was designed to deploy
business applications based on IBM middleware into the cloud. The IBM Workload
Deployer extends this experience to production environments with new workload-management
and elastic runtime capabilities.
IBM has helped
thousands of clients adopt cloud models and manage millions of cloud-based
transactions every day-in areas as diverse as banking, communications, health care
and government-and securely tap into IBM cloud-based business and
infrastructure services, the company said.
Workload Deployer has new features and functions that enhance its cost-saving
benefits for clients and make deployment of on-premise cloud environments even
easier, IBM said. IBM will demonstrate the new offering for more than 8,000
customers and partners during the IBM Impact 2011 show in Las Vegas April
10 to 15.
said the company now provides a single platform to enable users to provision
all the middleware and application components they need to run Web workloads in
the cloud across multiple systems or hypervisors in a simple and repeatable
fashion. This will allow businesses to respond quickly to new requests for
services from their customers.
Solutions is one of the first companies to take advantage of the offering and
is working with IBM on a new solution that allows OneTree customers to realize
the most profitable pricing for customized quote preparation and deal negotiation.
The solution, OT
ReMax, combines advanced pricing analytics and optimization
capabilities with embedded IBM technologies. It is able to provide profitable
pricing recommendations to sales agents, customized for each offer and contract;
allowing them to make better-informed pricing decisions and maximize revenues.
OT ReMax utilizing IBM cloud technology, OneTree is able to simultaneously
tackle several challenges; to provide its revenue-maximization solution without
requiring its customers to make any up-front investments on hardware or
software; to extend the reach of its solution on a global scale; to reduce the
time and effort of deployment to a minimum; and to provide unlimited
scalability, which would be difficult with a traditional approach," Panos
Konstantinidis, partner and co-founder of OneTree Solutions, said in a
statement. "IBM cloud technology gives OneTree and its customers a powerful
partner, Alphinat, has been able to easily deploy its SmartGuide solution using
IBM Workload Deployer. SmartGuide Designer will allow their customers to create
and to render complex Web applications without writing a single line of code.
It enables quick deployment of Enterprise Applications to the Cloud.
Business Systems is yet another company using the Workload Deployer. They will
deploy their LUNOS solution, an enterprise suite of insurance systems
components, to the cloud using the IBM Workload Deployer. Based on early pilot
testing, Silvermoon estimates that they will be able to achieve a 50 to 70
percent reduction in development and migration time leading to a significant
cost savings for their customers.
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