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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 

IBM Corp. has revealed its plans of offering open cloud architecture for its cloud services and software. The company believes that this move will promote innovation in cloud computing as the technology will not be hampered by proprietary issues.

Without industry-wide open standards for cloud computing, businesses will not be able to fully take advantage of the opportunities associated with interconnected data, such as mobile computing and big data.

As the first step, IBM unveiled a new cloud offering based on open cloud standards, including OpenStack, that significantly speeds and simplifies managing an enterprise-grade cloud. For the first time, businesses have a core set of open source-based technologies to build enterprise-class cloud services that can be ported across hybrid cloud environments.

IBM's India Software Labs in Bangalore has contributed significantly to the development of this platform by building the automation components, which allow easy management of the cloud. The lab has also helped build the cloud automation ecosystem of business partners and ISVs who will become cloud service providers.

"Standardisation supports the flexibility and scalability needs of the businesses. The winner here will be customers, who will not find themselves locked into any one vendor but be free to choose the best platform based on the best set of capabilities to meet their needs," said Vamsi Mudiam, country manager, cloud solutions, IBM India/South Asia. "By leveraging OpenStack-based services, Indian cloud service providers can now build a platform to rapidly deliver services at an affordable cost."

Based on customer-driven requirements, the new software, called IBM SmartCloud Orchestrator, gives clients greater flexibility by removing the need to develop specific interfaces for different cloud services. With the new software, companies can quickly combine and deploy various cloud services onto the cloud infrastructure by lining up the compute, storage and network resources with an easy-to-use graphical interface. The new IBM SmartCloud Orchestrator allows users to perform the following:

  • Build new cloud services in minutes by combining the power of pattern-based cloud delivery, with a graphical orchestrator for simple composition of cloud automation;
  • Reduce operational costs by automating application deployment and lifecycle management in the cloud: compute, storage and network configuration, human task automation, integration with third party tools, all delivered by an integrated cloud management platform and;
  • Simplify the end user consumption of cloud services, via an intuitive self-service portal, including the ability to measure the cost of cloud services with metering and charge-back capabilities.


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