IBM Beefs Up On Demand Offerings
IBM Thursday announced a set of software offerings to bolster the company's e-business on-demand strategy.IBM Corp. Thursday announced a set of software offerings to bolster the companys e-business on-demand strategy. Much of the new functionality will revolve around IBMs WebSphere application server, including the expansion of an agreement with Akamai Technologies Inc., Cambridge, Mass., to accelerate the "on demand" nature of IBMs offering by speeding up response time to business opportunities and providing fast access to Web applications from global locations. The new solution with Akamai, called Akamai EdgeComputing Powered by WebSphere, will enable customers to tap into the grid-like resources of the Internet to meet the unpredictable demands of an on demand environment on a "pay-as-you-go" basis, said Bob Sutor, director of WebSphere Infrastructure software at IBM.
The virtual capacity enabled by the relationship with Akamai will support on demand e-business by giving users access to the Akamai network of more than 15,000 edge servers . Meanwhile, enhancements to WebSphere and its supporting tools will help users more easily build, deploy and run applications in an on demand environment, Sutor said.