The Blue Cloud Initiative. That's IBM's name for its portfolio of cloud-computing offerings for businesses, such as server capacity on demand, online data protection, and Lotus e-mail and collaboration software.
IBM has unveiled a series of new products, services, clients and partnerships for cloud solutions.
IBM's timing is good. IDC predicts that cloud services will be a $42 billion market by 2012. IBM just announced new clients using its cloud-computing technologies and services, including Indigo BioSystems, Elizabeth Arden, and the United States Golf Association.
IBM's Cloud Services
According to Erich Clementi, general manager of IBM's Enterprise Initiatives, clients need economically compelling solutions to run their businesses in smarter ways, while never taking their eye off of security, resiliency and compliance.
"Cloud computing leverages many of IBM's core strengths -- such as open standards, service management, scalable systems, and excellence in data-center operations -- and gives clients the opportunity to leverage cloud computing's considerable cost advantages while maintaining the highest levels of integrity, responsibility and control," Clementi said.
The Blue Cloud announcement extends the capabilities of IBM's infrastructure consulting services, which offers a workshop that brings together business and technical teams for long-term planning and assessment to leverage existing assets.
IBM's test environments service lets clients build a cloud platform within their IT environments to safely test new applications. IBM figures the testing can save clients up to 20 percent in provisioning time and reduce labor costs.
Partnering with Juniper
IBM also announced a service management center with a set of offerings that provide clients with a platform on which to build and deliver cloud services with the Tivoli Provisioning Manager 7.1 and the new Tivoli Service Automation Manager. The service aims to help clients automate both the deployment and management of cloud computing.
IBM said it will launch a Tivoli Storage as a Service offering through its business services cloud. Beginning later this year, clients will be able to use Tivoli data-protection technologies and pay only for what they use.
IBM's flood of announcements also included unveiling new capabilities to selected customers with Juniper Networks. IBM and Juniper plan to demonstrate how a hybrid cloud could allow enterprises to seamlessly extend their private clouds to remote servers in a secure public cloud.