SoftLayer CEO Lance Crosby Resigns From IBM
IBM officials said the SoftLayer integration with IBM's Cloud business has gone exceedingly well. SoftLayer is the basis of IBM's Cloud portfolio as the company’s core Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) platform -- the platform under IBM’s Bluemix PaaS for developers and also the IaaS under IBM’s expansive SaaS portfolio. The IBM Cloud unit has served more than 30,000 clients around the world, IBM said. In January 2014, IBM announced that it was investing $1.2 billion in a new network of cloud centers around the world significantly expanding its global cloud footprint to every major financial market. Designed to bring clients greater flexibility, transparency and control over how they manage their data, run their business and deploy their IT operations locally in the cloud. The move was aimed at providing companies that were once limited by data residency laws with access to the IBM Cloud. The goal was to double IBM’s owned data center footprint to 40 worldwide with more expansion planned for this year. Last year, IBM also announced it was investing $1 billion to launch Bluemix, which is built on Cloud Foundry and SoftLayer. Bluemix combines IBM’s middleware portfolio and third-party services to bring users an open application development experience in the cloud. Bluemix helps both born-on-the-web and developers working in a legacy, on-premise infrastructure to build cloud-based mobile and web apps with tools specific to individual integration and capability needs. The PaaS also features a “DevOps in the cloud” model, which enables developers to rapidly develop, deliver and improve their apps based on continuous testing and user feedback helping build an enterprise cloud ecosystem. Moreover, in April 2014, IBM launched a new cloud marketplace that brings together IBM’s portfolio of cloud capabilities and new third-party services in a way that delivers a simple and easy experience for the enterprise. This online destination serves as the digital front door to cloud innovation bringing together IBM’s capabilities-as-a-service and those of partners and third party vendors.IBM and Tencent Cloud, one of China's largest online providers, signed an agreement to collaborate on providing public cloud with SaaS solutions for industries. The companies will focus on emerging small and medium enterprises in the smarter cities, healthcare industries and other fields to enable these industries to utilize mobile, cloud computing and big data tools to transform internal processes and operations. Meanwhile, news of Crosby’s departure comes amid reports that IBM is set to lay off up to 26 percent of its workforce or 100,000 employees in an initiative codenamed Project Chrome. IBM refutes this, saying there are “workforce rebalancing” moves every year, and that Big Blue is also hiring thousands of new employees. However, Lee Conrad, national coordinator of the Alliance@IBM, an IBM employee advocacy group, said reports have come in from IBM employees saying a new round of job cuts – number unknown -- could begin as early as today.
IBM also announced a large cloud deal and the biggest win for IBM Cloud to date with SAP selecting IBM as its premier strategic provider of cloud infrastructure services for its business critical applications. SAP applications are now available through IBM’s cloud. The deal makes SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud accessible to major markets with the addition of the IBM cloud data centers.