IBM Introduces SmartCloud
October 12, 2011
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IBM has introduced 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 use it 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.

Specifically, IBM is launching:

- IBM SmartCloud Application Services – A new platform-as-a-service that will give enterprises the cost and time savings of a cloud environment for a wide range of 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 and hardware that allow enterprises to quickly deploy and control clouds within their own firewalls.

- IBM SmartCloud Ecosystem – New services for IBM partners and independent software vendors (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.

IBM's new version of its public cloud for the enterprise, the IBM SmartCloud, includes a platform as a service (PaaS) specifically designed to meet the needs of enterprise application development, deployment and management on the cloud.

Through this new enterprise PaaS, clients can achieve the benefits of cloud based economics for the deployment of both traditional and new applications, while at the same time maintaining the security, portability and governance critical to maintaining control in the Cloud.

Available in beta in the fourth quarter, IBM SmartCloud Application Services will offer enterprise–grade security, open Java and cross-platform support with no vendor lock-in, and a comprehensive set of application infrastructure and managed services to enable development and deployment of applications to the cloud.

The Application Services will run on IBM’s SmartCloud Enterprise and Enterprise+ - the industry’s first enterprise class infrastructure-as-a-platform - specifically designed to run enterprise workloads, at committed business centric service level agreements

IBM SmartCloud Application Services hide the complexity of managing the infrastructure underneath the platform services and simplify the installation, setup, configuration and management of applications, middleware and application tools. This allows enterprises to focus on the business requirements of application itself.

Key capabilities will cover five categories:

* Application Lifecycle – Provide development organizations with access to rapidly activated and team-based development environments and capabilities

* Application Resources – Leverage shared services to reduce the cost and simplify the development, delivery and ongoing administration of cloud applications

* Application Environments – Accelerate and optimize the deployment and management of your applications with pre-defined environments based on common application patterns

* Application Management – Support effective deployment and management of third party applications with optimized deployment and management capabilities tuned to the specific application

* Integration – Integrate your cloud-delivered applications with other applications or resources on-premises or in the cloud

Also, a key enhancement to the SmartCloud includes new services for automating the most common labor intensive tasks associated with managing SAP environments in the cloud. The SmartCloud for SAP Applications taps IBM’s experience in managing over 1.5 million users of SAP to significantly reduce the cost and labor associated with SAP cloning, refreshes and patching.

IBM SmartCloud Foundation

IBM is announcing the SmartCloud Foundation family of private cloud solutions to help companies quickly design and deploy private cloud environments with a new level of control over cloud service delivery and management. As organizations take the next step beyond virtualized data center and begin to expand their cloud environments, they are concerned with managing what has become known as “image sprawl.”

The SmartCloud Foundation portfolio contains these offerings:

IBM SmartCloud Entry solution, delivered by IBM Starter Kit for Cloud, offers the building blocks to create private clouds on virtualized IBM System x and Power Systems hardware.

IBM SmartCloud Provisioning software offers a provisioning engine and image management system to dynamically create or provision virtual machines.

IBM SmartCloud Monitoring applies its industry-leading monitoring expertise to provide greater visibility into the performance of virtual and physical environments: storage, network and server resources. The software contains business- and technical-policy analysis to enable better capacity planning and workload placement. The software’s predictive and historical analytics help IT staff prevent outages of cloud services while reducing operational, licensing and capital costs.

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