Feeds

IBM parks beta cloud on development and test servers

Big-Blue software diet

Boost IT visibility and business value

IBM on Thursday kicked off a free public beta of a new cloud computing development and test environment that's hosted on Big Blue's machines.

The company also added new tools and services made special for testing cloud-based apps in a private cloud.

IBM Smart Business Development and Test on IBM Cloud (yes, they put the company name in there twice) provides customizable virtual machines and storage space along with IBM Rational Software Delivery Services, WebSphere, and Information Management software in the package. The service, (SBDaToIC, we suppose) supports Java, .NET, and open-source environments, the company said.

IBM claims businesses can provision themselves a fresh test environment in hours, or in some cases, just minutes.

An IBM spokeswoman told us the beta will be open and free until general availability, scheduled for the first quarter of 2010. Pricing and pay models haven't yet been worked out.

The company is also adding support for private cloud infrastructure to its existing IBM Rational Software Delivery Services for Cloud Computing toolset. It reckons the service will appeal to businesses who like the application lifecycle management tools, but prefer the governance and control of their own cloud environment.

The offering bundles a set of best practices for "agile development" in an enterprise, services for test management and planning, and a set of tools like asset-tracking software. And of course, it's also available with IBM's new cloud testing platform.

Curious developers can poke around IBM's development and testing platform on the IBM Cloud here. ®

Application security programs and practises

More from The Register

next story
HIDDEN packet sniffer spy tech in MILLIONS of iPhones, iPads – expert
Don't panic though – Apple's backdoor is not wide open to all, guru tells us
Do YOU work at Microsoft? Um. Are you SURE about that?
Nokia and marketing types first to get the bullet, says report
Microsoft takes on Chromebook with low-cost Windows laptops
Redmond's chief salesman: We're taking 'hard' decisions
Cheer up, Nokia fans. It can start making mobes again in 18 months
The real winner of the Nokia sale is *drumroll* ... Nokia
EU dons gloves, pokes Google's deals with Android mobe makers
El Reg cops a squint at investigatory letters
Chrome browser has been DRAINING PC batteries for YEARS
Google is only now fixing ancient, energy-sapping bug
prev story

Whitepapers

Seven Steps to Software Security
Seven practical steps you can begin to take today to secure your applications and prevent the damages a successful cyber-attack can cause.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
Build a business case: developing custom apps
Learn how to maximize the value of custom applications by accelerating and simplifying their development.
Consolidation: the foundation for IT and business transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.