Three IBM Cloud-Related Services

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2008-11-24 Print this article Print

The new program aims to validate the "resiliency" of any company data center delivering applications or services to clients in the cloud environment, Subrahmonia said. It is designed not only to validate a particular data center to determine its own integrity but also to enable users to identify their own partners and customers as "trustworthy" in IBM's view.

These bundled services-which really aren't new because IBM Global Services has made many of them available for years-are designed for heterogeneous systems, those with various types of hardware and software that are entwined and already working together to process workloads.

IBM said Allscripts, now Allscripts-Misys Healthcare Solutions, a provider of software and services for physicians and other health care providers, is the first company to begin the validation process.  The services will enable sensitive patient information and medical documents to be encrypted and easily recovered at a moment's notice.

"Every cloud service provider has the same objective: provide an uninterrupted flow of information for their business," said Philippe Jarre, IBM's general manager of Business Continuity and Resiliency Services. "Since these providers power other businesses, there is a 'network effect' of downtime [and] it's absolutely critical to build to the highest standards of resiliency."

Specifically, the three cloud-related validation services announced Nov. 24 are:

-Industry-Specific Business Consulting Services for Cloud Computing-Uses an economic model for assessing the total cost of ownership for building private clouds or moving data and applications off-site in a public or hybrid cloud model.

-Technology Consulting, Design and Implementation Services-Helps clients install, configure and deliver cloud computing inside the data center.

-Cloud Security-Using IBM systems, software and services and IBM's Research and X-Force arms, this is an effort to redesign technologies and processes to make them more secure and to shield against threats and vulnerabilities in the cloud.

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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