IBM WebSphere on Cloud: Think It. Build It. Tap Into It.
Jacqi Levy 270003E0DF JALEVY@US.IBM.COM | | Tags:  websphere application_development ibm application_infrastructur... application_integration bpm softlayer hybrid_cloud blueworks_live mobile_applications cast_iron_live cloud_services saas messagesight puresystems soa private_cloud cloud
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By Harish Grama, VP, WebSphere Product Management & Development
IBM is migrating the WebSphere portfolio of products and capabilities to SoftLayer and the cloud providing organizations the ability to create and consume applications in the most flexible way on-premise or on the cloud.
IBM's Cloud Strategy: Think It, Build It, Tap Into It
Think It is centered around IBM's cloud consulting and managed services to help customers design cloud environments. As the leader in transformative consulting and industry expertise, IBM provides services to help clients strategize on how to use cloud and drive savings and revenue. This translates to engagements that our services organization typically do: going into an enterprise, identifying what projects might be done in cloud environments, and tailoring those to suit the client's purpose.
Build It is all about the technologies and offerings that clients use to build and run their private or hybrid cloud.
Tap Into It provides as-a-service offerings ready for use in infrastructures that are managed for clients, which enables them to instantly tap into analytics, SaaS business applications and hosting in cloud environments. This theme is at the heart of what we deliver in the WebSphere portfolio, spanning all content regardless of whether it is a platform of a service, a straightforward software as a service (SaaS) property, or even perhaps a business process as a service.
IBM WebSphere on Cloud
Next, let's look at how organizations are investing in cloud areas that specifically relate to the WebSphere portfolio. First, they move applications and workloads to low cost infrastructures. With our acquisition of SoftLayer, we are positioned nicely to play in that space. The second way in which organizations are investing is by selecting new enterprise applications that are available in the cloud. These applications, which we have been building over the past couple of years, are the fast properties and offerings such as Cast Iron Live and Blueworks Live. Finally, a new ilk of developers are building brand new applications directly on cloud infrastructures. This scenario is where our "high value services" come into play and where many of the new mobile, social, and big data applications are being built.
I mentioned earlier that IBM is migrating the WebSphere portfolio of products and capabilities to SoftLayer, so let's talk about what we are doing in three specific areas. The first is the private or hosted cloud, which consists of bring-your-own WebSphere license to run as a dedicated platform as a service (PaaS). The second area is our SaaS properties such as Blueworks Live, Cast Iron Live, and Business Process Management (BPM) as well. And the third area is the composable or high value services I mentioned earlier that this new ilk of developers are really leveraging to build brand new applications on the cloud.
With SoftLayer and IBM's strategic pattern technology, we are now providing our customers with rapid application deployment, control & portability in public cloud. With the upcoming Software Pattern Deployer on SoftLayer - Beta offering, customers will be able to achieve faster time to value & increased agility with public cloud economies & private cloud control. Clients have valued the expertise captured in the patterns. With this capability on SoftLayer, they will be able to maximize their ROI by minimizing both, capital expenditure using public cloud economies & operational expenditure with simplicity of patterns. Clients can create these patterns once and deploy them on-prem, on a pre-integrated offering such as PureApplication System, or the public cloud with Softlayer. During the Beta, we will collect valuable feedback from our clients, share IBM's strategy and take this opportunity to the next step of a generally available offering for patterns on SoftLayer in the coming year.
IBM Business Process Manager on Cloud BPM will be available as a pay-as-you-go service on SoftLayer. With SoftLayer present in 13 data centers across the world, the support of BPM on SoftLayer will be available worldwide. For the first time, customers will be able to quickly start new process improvement projects without adverse software installation costs. This is huge for our clients. And again, this will be joining Blueworks Live and Cast Iron Live, which will also be made available in SoftLayer in the fourth quarter.
DataPower will be available for deployment on SoftLayer to provide native gateway security and optimization to deployed applications. When you’ve got applications on the cloud, you need a specific capability like DataPower to provide that security. This will be offered as a bring-your-own license on SoftLayer, which provides deployed applications with a much higher level of security protection than other clouds. Customers will be able to deploy their existing virtual DataPower licenses as well.
Another area is specifically focused on a statement of direction we have issued for a brand new internet of things – a shared service on SoftLayer. This falls into the realm of the composable services and it will be available later in this quarter as a private beta. This service is based on IBM MessageSight and on simple open APIs, and it provides customers with the capability to connect sensors, wearable devices, and mobile devices. As a result, customers can bring other things to the cloud, select and analyze data from them, and detect and react to them. This offers a brand new business capability and business opportunity for all those enterprises that are collecting an enormous amount of data from smart instrumented devices in the field.
And, finally, we’re providing two new options for private clouds. The release of the PureApplication System W1700 (POWER) model in 32 and 64 core options provides unprecedented performance and scalability. And second, we’ve contributed the WebSphere Application Server Liberty Buildpack to Cloud Foundry, allowing customers to natively deploy Liberty as their Java application container in Cloud Foundry whether it be in public, private, or hybrid environments.
So with these announcement, you can clearly recognize that we are the only vendor who can meet all of these development and integration needs with a comprehensive set of software tools and services on the cloud.
Keep reading the Impact blog to learn more about additional IBM announcements on mobile and Smarter Process.
Update 10/28/13: To learn more about these announcements, you can also register for our November 13th webcast, Put Your Business in Motion in the New Era of Smart: Take Advantage of New and Enhanced WebSphere Capabilities.