2Innovation and Patent Leadership
IBM developed a method for dynamically managing network bandwidth within a cloud, which could lead to significant improvements in overall system performance. For the invention, IBM received U.S. Patent #8,352,953: Dynamically Provisioning Virtual Machines—which provides a method for automatically deciding the best way for users to access a cloud computing system based on availability of network bandwidth.
IBM opened its Watson cognitive computing system to developers for building cognitive apps in the cloud. In November, IBM opened up Watson as a development platform in the cloud for a worldwide community of software application providers to build a new generation of apps infused with Watson’s cognitive computing intelligence.
SoftLayer operates a global footprint of 13 data centers and 17 network points-of-presence around the world, filled with servers, storage, routers, firewalls and load balancers. Its underlying software platform provides a complete operating system for the data center that automates every aspect of infrastructure as a service.
SoftLayer provides a global, interconnected platform that meets the key operational and economic requirements of cloud users across a broad portfolio of infrastructure—dedicated and shared devices, physical and virtual servers, hourly compute instances and four-way, octo-core bare metal, along with a wealth of storage, networking and security components.
8SoftLayer Triple-Network Architecture
11Industry-Specific Cloud Services
To jump-start a client’s deployment to the cloud, IBM is developing a catalog of pre-integrated solutions that address priority business needs industry by industry, while making the cloud easier to adopt and consume for line-of-business leaders. For instance, IBM consultants have developed the Insurance Service Hub Cloud, a communication platform on the cloud that connects health insurance companies with multiple data providers such as clinics and physicians, as well as customers via their mobile devices.
12Financial Commitment to Cloud Keeps Growing
IBM SoftLayer CEO Lance Crosby examines servers at the IBM SoftLayer data center in Dallas. IBM announced it is committing more than $1.2 billion to significantly expand its global network of cloud data centers.