Delivering Vertical Cloud Solutions
Moreover, differentiating its strategy from that of some of the leaders in the cloud computing space, IBM is looking to deliver vertical cloud solutions. Braeger said the company is "looking at specific verticals" such as financial solutions, health care, telecommunications and others. "Name an industry and I don't think there's a use case we haven't thought about," he said. But Braeger warned not to lump IBM in with the rest of the cloud computing pack.
"In many cases, clients are thinking about the cloud as a pure commodity offering; that's not what IBM wants to tackle," he said. "We're not necessarily looking for clients in the MIPS-are-us space." He said although the cloud can be a means of saving money, that is not enough on its own.
Is going to spin off opportunities for partners. For the enlightened ones, they will look at the cloud and analytics as two arrows in their quiver." Meanwhile, Braeger told eWEEK he believes the "killer app" for the cloud is the development and test environment. IBM offers a Development and Test cloud for its customers. "For CIOs that's the killer app, to use the term loosely," Braeger said. "If there is a killer app for the cloud it's the test cloud. The business cases for this are unbelievable. We're seeing a lot of uptake on this." IBM is working with partners in cloud management, cloud security and software development and testing support to provide businesses with a unique mix of flexibility, scalability, enterprise-grade security and control for development and test on the IBM Cloud. The average enterprise devotes up to 50 percent of its entire technology infrastructure to development and test, but typically up to 90 percent of it remains idle, Braeger said. IBM has seen that taking advantage of cloud computing within development and testing environments can help reduce IT labor costs by 50 percent, improve quality and drastically reduce time to market. IBM's Smart Business Development & Test on the IBM Cloud allows enterprise clients to expand on internal development and test efforts with instant access to resources through IBM's secure, scalable cloud delivery model, IBM software and application lifecycle management capabilities. IBM's enterprise-friendly approach to cloud complements clients' current data centers and traditional development efforts, helping clients:
- Reduce provision cycle times from weeks to minutes
- Eliminate software defects by up to 30 percent.
- Reduce time required for test and quality assurance
- Enable rapid redeployment of environments across multiple IT projects