IBM’s Cast Iron Acquisition Fitting into Cloud Structure
Little by little, the pieces of the IBM cloud computing puzzle are falling into place. Last May, IBM acquired Cast Iron Systems in order to help customers move from legacy systems to hybrid cloud model more easily. It was a move that signified how serious the company is in undertaking a hybrid cloud model, and Big Blue got right to work in taking advantage of its new acquisitions. In early May 2010, IBM connected its hybrid cloud server to NetSuite and used Cast Iron to help users of NetSuite OneWorld control smaller business operations. So what’s next?
At the IBM Cloud Forum in San Francisco on April 7 — out came the Tivoli-Cast Iron Hybrid Cloud Solution, another IBM solution that leverages Cast Iron capabilities. IBM Director of Cloud Computing and Client Engagement Bowman Hall detailed the service in afternoon presentation before the media.
“The question for IBM is ‘what do we need to do as an IT department to deliver services through a cloud environment?'” The answer, said Hall, lies in developing a cloud infrastructure that offers image management, security, isolation, heat and power management to help control energy consumption, and service automation management to help interpret, execute and build management plans. The Tivoli-Cast Iron cloud solution includes a monitoring system that lets clients view their cloud infrastructure, has a single point of control and a workload governance capability that lets clients react dynamically to system workload changes.