IBM has retooled its Smart Business Development & Test package on the IBM Cloud to add new support for Windows and other enhancements.
If enterprises are going to be building their own service-oriented
IT systems for private cloud-type deployments, they need to have a
supportive environment with the right tools and plenty of bandwidth to
do the testing and quality assurance the right way.
Enter IBM, which is in the process of expanding its cloud development services to do just that.
IBM on Oct. 21 announced that it is retooling its Smart Business Development & Test package on the IBM Cloud
to add new support for Windows and other enhancements to better serve teams of software developers.
IBM also introduced a new integrated development and test environment
to go with new software and services designed to enable developers to
improve quality of their work and shorten development timelines across
the application life cycle.
The IBM Smart Business Development & Test on the IBM Cloud, announced last year but put into action last spring in a partnership with Red Hat
allows enterprise clients to improve internal development and test
processes with instant access to resources through IBM's scalable cloud
IBM has 10 high-performance data centers in operation on five continents set up to handle the workloads.
'We're moving what we call the Compute Cloud internally [which is the
Smart Business Development & Test package on the IBM Cloud] forward
first by providing a wider range of cloud delivery centers globally, in
addition to adding new functionality," IBM Cloud Computing CTO Kristof Kloeckner
"In addition to our two Linux environments, we are now offering the
ability to provision Windows Data Center Servers 2003 and 2008. Clients
had been asking us for that," Kloeckner said. "We also are adding the
ability to do load-balancing through attaching multiple IP addresses,
the ability to attach multiple disk volumes, and so on."
Several new features now available
Other new features include the ability to rapidly configure
environments and easily share them across development teams and the
ability to attach combinations of storage sizes to an instance at the
time of provisioning, ensuring higher performance and resiliency,
There's no question that cloud-based applications are drawing huge interest in the development community.
"We have customers that say they want to test and use their
applications in a shared cloud environment, and then [eventually] bring
them back into the enterprise," Kloeckner said.
"They want to use the cloud as sandbox, because that gives you ease of
access and also enforces a certain discipline because you have to fit
into a shared, standardized environment."
Kloeckner said that more and more CIOs he talks to want to use the
cloud as a "transformation tool. Much of what they want to achieve is
through greater standardization of environments, of tools, of
processes," he said.
"What we're now offering [with these enhancements to the cloud dev
platform] are the execution of these processes that the customers are
actually after," Kloeckner said.
IBM is putting its development cloud into a sort of "cadence," Kloeckner
said. "We shipped v1.1 back in August, v1.2 in October, we're going to
follow very shortly with v1.3, but you'll see the steady evolution in
more comprehensive test and development services," he said.
A recent IBM survey of 2,000 IT professionals worldwide -- backed up by
studies from Gartner and Forrester -- reported that cloud computing and
mobile will emerge as the most in-demand platforms for software
application development and IT delivery over the next five years.