Feeds

IBM paints the cloud-scape blue

Offers the works, including a standards body

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

IBM has backed the creation of a standards body that comprises 40 "leading cloud organisations" but none of its main rivals in the battle to dominate the next big thing in computing.

The Cloud Standards Council was wafted into public view as Big Blue unveiled a slew of cloud products and services and reset its stall to grab [big] customer spend.

IBM will push two cloud services under the SmartCloud brand. The first of these is the Enterprise cloud service, which is available immediately, and expands "on our existing development and test cloud". This will be Windows and Linux-based and pitched at developing and deploying new application designs. It promises 99.5 per cent availability and virtual and "some physical" security.

The second, Enterprise +, available later this year, is described as a "robust multi-tenant solution including managed production services". It is pitched at migration of traditional and higher availability applications, and will support AIX as well and Windows and Linux. Availability is promised at 99.9 per cent with security coming at "multiple levels of isolation".

For those prepared to wait until later this year, IBM will also offer IBM SAP Managed Application Services on the IBM Smartcloud. The vendor makes a range of promises here, including cutting the install of DB2 or Oracle from 24 hours to 12 minutes, database cloning from two or three days to 20 minutes, and OS install from one day to 30 minutes.

IBM will also offer a range of its own brand software across the cloud, including LotusLive TivoliLive, IBM Sterling Commerce and IBM Converged Communication Services.

No strategic announcement would be complete without its own talking shop, and IBM doesn't disappoint.

It has unveiled the Cloud Standards Customer Council for Open Cloud Computing, which spans 40 major organisations. Members, other than IBM, include AT&T, CSC, Lockheed Martin, PwC, Red Hat and Software AG. It styles itself as "an end user advocacy group dedicated to accelerating cloud's successful adoption, and drill down into the standards, security and interoperability issues surrounding the transition to the cloud".

It seems churlish to question how it expects to do this without input from the likes of Microsoft, Oracle and HP... unless the members believe you can have any cloud you want, as long as it's Blue. ®

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

More from The Register

next story
Docker's app containers are coming to Windows Server, says Microsoft
MS chases app deployment speeds already enjoyed by Linux devs
IBM storage revenues sink: 'We are disappointed,' says CEO
Time to put the storage biz up for sale?
'Hmm, why CAN'T I run a water pipe through that rack of media servers?'
Leaving Las Vegas for Armenia kludging and Dubai dune bashing
Facebook slurps 'paste sites' for STOLEN passwords, sprinkles on hash and salt
Zuck's ad empire DOESN'T see details in plain text. Phew!
SDI wars: WTF is software defined infrastructure?
This time we play for ALL the marbles
Windows 10: Forget Cloudobile, put Security and Privacy First
But - dammit - It would be insane to say 'don't collect, because NSA'
Symantec backs out of Backup Exec: Plans to can appliance in Jan
Will still provide support to existing customers
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Cloud and hybrid-cloud data protection for VMware
Learn how quick and easy it is to configure backups and perform restores for VMware environments.
Three 1TB solid state scorchers up for grabs
Big SSDs can be expensive but think big and think free because you could be the lucky winner of one of three 1TB Samsung SSD 840 EVO drives that we’re giving away worth over £300 apiece.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.