Many Struggle With The Challenges of Moving to The Cloud

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2012-04-11 Print this article Print

A recent IBM Institute for Business Value study found that 90 percent of organizations expect to adopt or substantially deploy a cloud model in the next three years. Despite the interest in moving to a cloud computing model, many organizations are still grappling with challenges such as integrating the right pieces, addressing security and controlling usage of the technology.

With PureSystems, IBM is taking the step to completely integrate all of the technology components needed to stand up a private cloud system in minutes. By combining the virtualized servers, storage and networking found in PureSystems with cloud management software, IT organizations have a ready-to-go €œcloud system in a box,€ giving them a foundational private cloud environment that can be expanded.

To significantly accelerate the use of the cloud, IBM has included a cloud self-service interface directly into PureSystems, whereby an application developer from the marketing department, for example, can use the self-service feature to configure a cloud environment application without any help from the IT department. PureSystems will sense and respond to the needs of the running applications and services and make decisions on how best to deploy IT resources while ensuring maximum efficiency, performance and control, IBM said. 

Additionally, PureSystems is also using some of the same foundational technologies and software used in IBM€™s public SmartCloud Services offerings. As a result, by sharing common capabilities and interfaces, application developers can use IBM SmartCloud Services to create and test new applications, and move them over to the private cloud that has been created using PureSystems. Going forward, IBM plans to create even tighter linkages to IBM SmartCloud to enable clients to fully realize their hybrid cloud strategy. For example, clients may want to automatically support peak load overflow by drawing upon IBM SmartCloud resources to augment their PureSystems based private clouds.

PureSystems is available in Power7 processor- and Intel-processor compute nodes and supports four operating environments. Two models are available immediately€”the PureSystems PureFlex configuration and the PureSystems PureApplication configuration, which includes some middleware like IBM€™s WebSphere.

€œThese are just the first two out of the blocks; you can expect us down the road to offer different systems with such things as an analytics focus, a big data focus and more,€ Goyal told eWEEK.

IBM pre-announced these new systems at an IBM Smarter Computing event in March.


Darryl K. Taft covers the development tools and developer-related issues beat from his office in Baltimore. He has more than 10 years of experience in the business and is always looking for the next scoop. Taft is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and was named 'one of the most active middleware reporters in the world' by The Middleware Co. He also has his own card in the 'Who's Who in Enterprise Java' deck.

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