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IBM's strategy on the cloud

posted Nov 27, 2009, 9:06 AM by Francois Tricot   [ updated Nov 27, 2009, 9:19 AM ]
I met today John R. Harrison from IBM, who is in charge of the Small and Medium Businesses market, for a 2 hours 1/2 talk on Cloud Computing.

John is in a 2 weeks tour in France and is described to be an expert on the Cloud at IBM. Our sales representative at IBM arranged this meeting in Libourne and it was really nice to hear his definition of Cloud Computing and the IBM's strategy on that.

To sum it up, I'd say that IBM defines Cloud Computing as having these characteristics :
  • Scalable up and down / flexible
  • Accessible anywhere
  • End user oriented
For John, Cloud Computing is the current answer to IT Industry trend to do more with less every day, as it has always been.
Cloud Computing is another step after Virtualization. It includes standardization and making the user self sufficient.

IBM also defines 2 kinds of clouds :
  • The public cloud : when we do not own the infrastructure
  • A private cloud : when we do own the infrastructure. This one can be run either within our datacenter  either in a hosted datacenter
According to that, IBM is investing in new deployment choices called Smart Business on the IBM Cloud (standardized services), Smart Business Cloud (private cloud services behind the firewall, built and/or managed by IBM), Smart Business Systems (pre-integrated workload optimized systems).

The following services will be delivered on these options :
  • Analytics and Business Intelligence
  • Collaboration
  • Development and Test
  • Desktop and Devices
  • Infrastructure Compute
  • Infrastructure Storage
  • Business Services