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IBM launches open software for cloud services

Posted: 09 Apr 2013     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:cloud computing  open standards  OpenStack  SmartCloud Orchestrator 

The development of open industry standards has proven a critical turning point in the success of many technologies, such as the Internet and operating systems. For cloud computing to grow and mature similar to its predecessors, vendors must stop creating new cloud services that are incompatible. A recent report by Booz & Company warned that without a more concerted effort to agree on such standards, and leadership on the part of major companies, the promise of cloud computing may never be reached.

IBM is applying its experience in supporting and validating open standards from Linux, Eclipse and Apache to cloud computing. Working with the IT community, IBM is helping to drive the open cloud world by:

  • Creating a 400-member strong Cloud Standards Customer Council that grew from about 50 members at launch;
  • Sponsoring OpenStack Foundation as a platinum and founding member, and as one of the top code and design contributors to all OpenStack projects;
  • Driving related cloud standards, such as Open Service for Lifecycle Collaboration, Linked Data in the W3C and TOSCA in OASIS, to enhance cloud application portability;
  • Dedicating more than 500 developers on open cloud projects and;
  • working closely with the OpenStack Foundation, along with its 8,200 members from 109 countries and 1,000 organisations.

IBM's cloud portfolio, called SmartCloud, is based on a common code of interoperability, allowing clients to move between IBM's private, hybrid and public cloud services. IBM SmartCloud Orchestrator is now available through a beta programme and is expected to be generally available later this year.


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