August 25, 2011
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IBM is expanding its SmartCloud platform with a new hybrid cloud solution, combining the best of IBM Tivoli and the application and data integration technology and expertise Big Blue gained by acquiring Cast Iron. The overall goal is to meet what IBM sees as a rising demand for hybrid cloud solutions.
With this new hybrid cloud product – which appears to be nameless for the time being – IBM hopes to enable cloud service providers with “greater visibility, control and automation into their assets and computing environments, regardless of where they reside,” according to the press release.
The main appeal of the hybrid cloud model is the ability to run sensitive workloads on your own infrastructure while letting a public cloud do the heavy lifting with everyday data. To facilitate that model, IBM’s hybrid cloud product aims to manage and secure applications including CRM, ERP and others within and between both ends of the cloud deployment.
Here’s the official fact sheet on how the Cast Iron technology is being used, as per IBM’s press release:
Control and Management Resources: The new software will define policies, quotas, limits, monitoring and performance rules for the public cloud in the same way as on premise resources. This allows users to access public cloud resources through a single-service catalog – enabling IT staff to govern the access and the usage of this information. As a result, organizations will more easily be able to control costs, IT capacity and regulatory concerns.
Security: IBM enables better control of users’ access by synching the user directories of on premise and cloud applications. The automated synchronization means users will be able to gain entry to the information they are authorized to access.
Application Integration: Using a simplified “configuration, not coding” approach to application integration, the software combines the power of native connectivity with industry leading applications to provide best-practices for rapid and repeatable project success.
Dynamic Provisioning: IBM’s monitoring, provisioning and integration capabilities allow its hybrid cloud to support “cloud bursting,” which is the dynamic relocation of workloads from private environments to public clouds during peak times. IBM’s technical and business policies control this sophisticated data integration.
IBM sees a bright future ahead for its cloud business. And with this IBM hybrid cloud product, it’s clearly hoping to boost its momentum.
Stay tuned to TalkinCloud for more updates as IBM develops its cloud play.
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