IBM Embraces Cloud Computing, Offers System Validation Services

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

IBM introduces IBM Resilient Cloud Validation Services, in which its IBM Global Services group helps other companies determine whether their internal cloud computing systems are airtight and fully functional-even though IBM itself has no centralized, clearly marketed cloud computing strategy of its own as a reference.

IBM has revealed a new approach to cloud computing, a clear enterprise trend that has been building for at least two years but that really hasn't been recognized in the same terminology by the world's largest IT company.

Describing it as the "nascent computing model known as 'cloud,' " IBM on Nov. 24 introduced a new strategy using its IBM Global Services group to help other companies determine whether their internal cloud computing systems are airtight and fully functional-even though IBM itself has no centralized, clearly marketed cloud computing strategy of its own as a reference.

True to its longstanding approach to any type of new IT trend, IBM has generally avoided acknowledging the Web 2.0 cloud trend as such, that is, by a term that did not originate in its own labs. Until now, IBM has simply referred to cloud computing techniques as SAAS (software as a service), on-demand computing or advanced customer solutions.

Fair enough-those terms all mean fundamentally the same thing. Most of the industry, however, has long since grouped the delivery of software services over the Internet under the umbrella term "cloud computing," a quicker to use, easily recognizable moniker.

IBM is calling its services Resilient Cloud Validation Services. However, it seems as if various parts of IBM are unsure as to whether the company is actually going to start using "cloud" as a regular part of its vocabulary.

IBM executive Jayashree Subrahmonia, introduced to eWEEK as IBM's director of Cloud Computing Solutions, described herself as Director of Advanced Customer Solutions during an interview.

"What we're bringing in here is our experience in resiliency, high availability-things we've been working on with customers for the last 40 years," Subrahmonia told me.



 
 
 
 
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 Salesforce.com 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 DevX.com 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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