IBM Unveils New Smart Cloud Services
The cloud space continues to heat up and without dissipating. Cloud computing, that is.
Just today, IBM unveiled the industry’s most advanced cloud services and software designed from the ground up for enterprise clients.
New IBM SmartCloud services and capabilities introduce unprecedented choice, security and portability as businesses shift critical activities to the cloud and approach its use as a platform for business.
IBM plans to support about 200 million users by the end of 2012 as clients shift core applications and processes to the IBM SmartCloud.
According to a new IBM survey of over 500 business and IT leaders, only 33 percent have deployed more than a cloud pilot today but that number is expected to more then double in the next three years. By 2015, 40 percent of the respondents say cloud will bring “substantial change” and 30 percent say cloud will drive the invention of business models and revenue streams.
The study clearly indicates that enterprises see the value of cloud but face a unique set of challenges around security, reliability, standards and control in truly extending the use of cloud beyond IT and the virtualization of data centers.
To help bolster the use of clouds by enterprises, today IBM is launching:
- IBM SmartCloud Application Services – A new service that will give enterprises a platform to realize the cost and time savings of a Cloud environment for their most mission-critical enterprise applications while maintaining a high level of control and security over deployment and access
- IBM SmartCloud Foundation – A new portfolio of breakthrough cloud software that allow enterprises to quickly deploy and control clouds within their own firewalls.
- IBM SmartCloud Ecosystem – New services for IBM partners and ISVs to help thousands of small and medium business clients adopt cloud models and manage millions of cloud based transactions by assisting their customers in areas as diverse as banking, communications, healthcare and government to build their own clouds or securely tap into the IBM SmartCloud.
Go here to get the details about several aspects of today’s IBM cloud announcements.