Ria Hyman 06000032P4 firstname.lastname@example.org Tags:  as ibmontwitter isv saas clouds cloud-computing #ibmcloud ibmcloud cloud specialty a program service computing software 1 Comment 3,371 Visits
Cloud computing is a often referenced as a game changer. And today clients are increasing their adoption of Software as a Service (SaaS), driven by ease of deployment, flexibility, scalability and predictable pricing models. To remain competitive, independent software vendors (ISVs) must define and execute their SaaS strategy, either exclusively or as an alternative to on-premise deployment. Most ISVs recognize this and are currently evaluating how to integrate cloud into their businesses. There's no question that cloud computing can help facilitate the development process, streamline delivery and closely align investment with revenue. However this does not eliminate the challenge of successfully integrating cloud.
A new white paper from Stratecast, a division of Frost & Sullivan, examines the evolving cloud-based SaaS market looking at the benefits and also what ISVs need to be mindful of on their path to cloud computing. You'll also get a view of the IBM SaaS Specialty Program as a useful option for ISVs who are looking for assistance to build and execute a SaaS strategy. Read about one business partner's success with SaaS.
IBM offers support every step of the way. To learn more, visit ibm.com/partnerworld/saas or email us at email@example.com.
Thousands of beta users of the IBM Smart Business Development and Test on the IBM Cloud had the privilege of getting the first taste of this powerful development environment. As of June 30, 2010, the Development and Test Cloud Beta is being sunset, and users will no longer be able to access the portal.
For Beta users in the U.S. and Canada, the production version of the IBM Smart Business Development and Test on the IBM Cloud is now available! If you’re a Beta user, be sure to mention priority code 609CG34W when you sign up for the production version. Call us at 1-800-IBM-7080, or visit us on the Web to learn more.
For Beta users outside the U.S. or Canada, we welcome you to complete a brief online form that will allow us to notify you when the production version of Smart Business Development and Test on the IBM Cloud is available in your region.
We encourage you to explore all of IBM's options for development and testing workloads. These range from solutions for private cloud computing to those 'on the IBM Cloud.' Choose the development and test cloud delivery model that best meets your needs: The IBM Smart Business Development & Test on the IBM Cloud features IBM Rational Software Delivery Services delivered over IBM's secure, scalable cloud. The IBM Smart Business Development and Test Cloud provides a private cloud environment behind your firewall, built by IBM Services. IBM CloudBurst for Development and Test offers pre-integrated hardware, storage, virtualization and networking to create a cloud environment on your premises.
These offerings can support rapid and cost-effective development and testing, with a feature set designed with enterprise clients in mind. Please note: all offerings are subject to change or withdrawal without notice, so please check the referenced links for the latest information.
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What keeps clients, business partners and ISVs from investing in new applications and bringing new solutions to market? Our research revealed the top reasons:
With cloud computing these barriers disappear and software developers gain virtually instantaneous, low-cost access to a broad range of middleware and development platforms.
But how do you get from here to there? How do developers go from earlier ways of building solutions to new, cost-effective cloud-centric models?
On October 1, IBM software experts are teaming up with the technical evangelists at Amazon Web Services (AWS) to host a Cloud Computing for Developers virtual workshop. Topics include:
Check it out, and learn how you can use cloud to create the same apps you’re creating today, at a lower cost. Not only that, but you’ll see how you can begin designing a whole range of new applications with IBM software on the cloud.
What’s the bottom line on cloud computing? It’s the bottom line. Companies today want to save money in their IT budgets, but deliver the same IT services (or better) that they’ve always delivered. And although the cloud may appear to offer unlimited computing resources, that illusion will only exist as long as IT managers plan effectively for their capacity requirements.
In other words, the secret to a successful cloud strategy is having just enough physical resources to meet anticipated demand for virtualized IT resources. Failing to do so results in lost efficiency and unhappy end-users.
A good place to start? Analyze historic usage patterns and trends in your IT environment. This will allow you to estimate when resources should be added, and how many resources will be needed. These patterns can be affected by many things—holiday shopping spikes for online stores, tax season for tax preparers, large rendering jobs for video production companies, etc. By tracking usage patterns over time, you can better understand traffic growth.
For accurate forecasting, administrators will need to monitor the following.
New tools and processes are being developed to better manage cloud computing environments. A complete review of the principles of effective cloud capacity planning can be found in an IBM white paper being published at the end of July 2010, titled Capacity Planning for Cloud Computing: Maximizing cloud value. The paper will be posted on this blog it becomes available.
Early cloud adopters have realized significant IT cost savings, efficiencies and service innovation, but many companies have struggled to get out of the starting blocks. One reason is that too much emphasis has been placed on the delivery model (SaaS, PaaS, IaaS, public, private, hybrid, etc.) rather than focusing on the business value of a cloud-delivered solution.
While not a complete list, application development and test, virtual desktops, collaboration tools, analytics, infrastructure (storage, compute) are all viable workloads that can be delivered effectively through a cloud model. The technology behind the delivery is a secondary discussion.
The goal is to improve consumption and/or delivery of a specific business workload. The cloud benefits will manifest in cost savings, efficiencies, service and business innovation. Evaluators should ask these questions:
What workload(s) need to improve?
Workload characteristics will also dictate the rate of cloud adoption for IT and business services. Complex transaction and information management processes, for example, will likely present challenges and risks of migration to standardized cloud services. Other workloads will move faster, presenting rapid return-on-investment and productivity gains.
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The delivery and consumption of education is evolving quickly. The good news is cloud computing is here to help enable education providers to more efficiently offer advanced IT services that were previously unattainable. Cloud computing promises to be a transformative model for education providers. To progress the research to deliver the innovation required for a smarter future - IBM created an ecosystem of thought leaders who will set an agenda for how cloud computing can transform education. The IBM Cloud Academy, announced at the Educause annual conference earlier this month, includes a global roster of leaders from educational institutions as initial participants.
The charter of the IBM Cloud Academy will be to define a vision for cloud computing, share ideas and technology and drive innovation in cloud computing to benefit how education is delivered and consumed around the world. It's very cool that the forum the group will use to collaborate is an IBM cloud offering. IBM's LotusLive service provides the basis for the new offering and participants will immediately be able to do some very basic tactical functions on the new system:
An excellent example of how cloud computing is of value in education is illustrated in Pike County Schools System in Eastern Kentucky. They have 10,000 students in 27 schools and 3,000 employees. Like many organizations today, their budget is decreasing while the need for increased access to technology is rising.
"Providing cost-effective technology solutions is an ongoing challenge for today's K-12 schools," said Maritta Horne, Chief Information Officer of Pike County School District in Eastern Kentucky. "With IBM Smart Business Virtual Desktop, more than 10,000 students in Pike County are able to easily and quickly access new courseware through private cloud desktops, and the school system is saving on expenses related to hardware updates, technology support staff and power usage."
As a result, Pike County has achieved a reduction of over 62 percent of end-user support costs while providing equal access to education content across 27 schools and just over 2,000 desktops. The introduction of new courseware – what used to take over a year – can now be implemented instantly across all schools.
As illustrated in Pike County cloud computing has many benefits for academia. These are some of highlights that will be provided through the IBM Cloud Academy program:
Read more about Education for a Smarter Planet and the IBM Cloud Academy.
Dmitry Rekesh 01000002BB firstname.lastname@example.org Tags:  cloud cloud_computing cloudcomputing cloud-computing delivery_models 2 Comments 2,967 Visits
In the early days of IT, "delivery" meant something very different than it does today. Back then, in response to a purchase order, delivery meant that a lot of computers and related hardware would show up one day on the loading dock of the customer. After that it was often anyone's guess what would happen next.
Ideally, of course, all those computers would eventually be connected, and would provide IT services to the customer.
Today, IT customers expect something very different when we talk about delivery. In the age of cloud computing, customers have the option of jumping right to IT service delivery, and no longer worry about all the intermediate steps required in an earlier time.
Cloud computing offers three distinct delivery models to reach this goal, depending on the needs of the customer: private cloud, public cloud or hybrid cloud. As the name suggests, a private cloud is contained within the firewalled customer IT environment. Here the customer has all the capabilities of cloud computing-rapid service provisioning, elasticity of compute resources, unsurpassed network latency, and higher asset utilization. The customer can also implement any security and compliance policies that may be required for their confidential or sensitive applications or data. Human resources and financial data analysis typically have good synergy with this cloud model.
The public cloud provides elastic IT resources as a service on the internet in the pay-by-the-drink "op-ex" model, which essentially eliminates capital expenditure ("cap-ex"), as well as the need to plan ahead. In the public cloud model, massive array of resources could be deployed in minutes and vacated just as quickly. Unlike the private cloud, however, there is less customization possible and the menu of services offered is often limited. Public clouds are frequently used for one-time processing of non-critical data and content hosting with unpredictable traffic demands.
Finally, hybrid clouds are environments that live outside the corporate firewall, yet offer an added degree of security that isolates customer networks from one another. While inherently less flexible than the private cloud, a hybrid cloud offers the compelling cost model that nears that of a public cloud, and can be used for time-sensitive spill-over loads that a private cloud cannot accommodate. The IBM Smart Business Development and Test on the IBM Cloud beta is a public cloud today but will soon offer hybrid cloud features.
Public, private or hybrid. Whether using one or several of these cloud models in the enterprise, customers can realize significant cost and time savings over earlier IT delivery models, including the painful “drop ship” delivery method of an earlier time.
For more information, visit www.ibm.com/cloud
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Security is quoted often as one of the main inhibitors in the adoption of cloud computing. A cloud security policy focuses on managing users, protecting data, and securing virtual machines. So is the cloud really insecure? Should companies only place low risk workloads on the cloud?
It surprises some that cloud can actually be more secure than a traditional IT environment. A traditional IT environment requires the use of many different devices and tools to manage the infrastructure. Cloud on the other hand, is managed centrally. If there is a well managed cloud environment, the security can be more efficient. Cloud providers also have implemented a logging and auditing system that traditional enterprises can’t perform themselves. With this centralized security management, a provider has the ability to deliver security control to all of the company’s assets.
Even though a cloud can be more secure than a traditional IT infrastructure, there remain concerns surrounding security:
- If my cloud provider exits the market, what happens to all of my data? Is it still accessible?
- Because my information is available over the web, is it more vulnerable?
- When I terminate a contract with a cloud provider, will my data be deleted, and can I be assured it is removed?
These are valid concerns, and with 40% of enterprises planning on using the cloud, they need to be addressed.
Harold Moss, the IBM CTO of Cloud Security Strategy, has spoken on how cloud is fundamentally more secure than traditional IT environments. He says cloud vendors are able to invest greater resources in security for their servers. In a traditional environment, security can be “bolted on” after the fact whereas in a cloud environment, it is integrated throughout the whole infrastructure. Cloud represents a centralized model that allows for higher quality without incurring high costs.
- Harold Moss on Cloud Security: Sorting out the hype on cloud security
Check out this video with Harold on cloud security on IFV News:
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Yesterday, IBM announced new offerings for helping clients build dynamic infrastructures to "address today's challenges to improve service, reduce cost and manage risk, while also laying the foundation to take advantage of future business and IT opportunities."
The announcements focused on three key areas:
A replay of the Webcast covering these announcements is available in case you missed it.
If you're not sure why building a dynamic infrastructure is important, take a look at the Gartner analysis outlining the need for a dynamic infrastructure, a strategy for developing one, and some best practices and options to consider when getting started.
Video: Responding to Today's Demands with a Dynamic Infrastructure
Cloud technologies and solutions were a key part of the Dynamic Infrastructure announcements that covered such things as integrated systems design with private cloud deployments, virtual system pools and management, and next-generation virtualized storage and security technologies.
Here are just a few of the Cloud-related offerings:
My favorite part the day's activities, of course, was that IBM used Twitter for a question and answer session immediately following the Webcast by using the #dyninfra hashtag. Lots of great interaction and participation by the public and IBM experts and Business Partners.
You can continue online conversation and sharing around Dynamic Infrastructure and Cloud via any of these venues:
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What is Cloud Computing? Let me Google that for you.
•Self-Service Portal – allows Developers self-service access to IT infrastructure
•1 42U rack
•IBM CloudBurst service management pack
•Built on proven technologies already deployed at customer sites
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Hi everyone; we've made a few really cool additions to the
You may recall that the beta is a true cloud system that allows you to provision a server or two loaded with IBM Software, or grab a base OS image and load your own software on it.
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Today at the Impact 2011 conference in Las Vegas, we caught up with a few IBM Cloud Computing Business Partners who discussed their cloud solutions and they work with and extend the capabilities of the IBM Cloud.
Check out these 5 minute quickfire interviews from IBM Business Partners Aviarc, Servoy, Corent, CloudTrigger, CohesiveFT and Kaavo during the Cloud Hour at Impact.
First up was Aviarc's CEO Shane Mercer discussing how cloud offers a new way to socialize and collaborate. Aviarc has a solution that allows you to go back in time in the development environment. Shane talks about how customized solutions may be more cost effective than packaged varieties. Extremely cool!
Jonathan Madden, Senior Business Development Executive at Servoy then gave us the quick view of their work with ISVs and organizations on producing cloud applications in record time. 'The advantages of cloud are clear' said Madden. We're right there with you Jon.
Then Corent's CEO, Feyzi Fatehi spoke about moving forward in the software business and how software-as-a-service is the way to go. He further discusses multitenancy and how successful companies brag about this. Want to know what 'faux saas' and 'smart saas' are, you'll have to check out Feyzi's interview to get the low down.
Up next was CEO Lonnie Wills from CloudTrigger who discussed application development in the cloud and moving applications to the cloud. 'IBM IS the cloud'...'IBM represents everything that cloud is' says Wills. I couldn't have said it better Lonnie.
Ryan Koop from CohesiveFT was up next and discussed their IaaS offering that handles image creation and management as well as virtual networking. CohesiveFT was a runner up for one of our IBM Beacon Awards based on their usage of IBM developerWorks to drive business results. They had some pretty substantial results from using IBM developerWorks and we were happy to collaborate with Ryan and Pat Kerpan to help ensure success using our communities and forums.
And finally, Sam Somashekar, Vice President, Marketing and Business Development from Kaavo told us about Kaavo's solution and how it enables customers to manage IT resources across public, private and hybrid clouds in the context of applications and workloads. Their solution allows a top-down management approach which is great for disaster recovery scenarios and so much more. Sam told us his thoughts on social media since that was a topic discussed in an earlier session at the conference. 'Social media has to be reckoned with... it can be positive or negative...' says Sam.
The Business Partners that were interviewed during Cloud Hour today are working towards their enrollment in a new initiative IBM announced in February for Business Partners who want to collaborate more closely with IBM to win in the Cloud. The new initiative called the IBM Cloud Computing Specialty is a PartnerWorld initiative that was launched to bring together the IT industry's broadest ecosystem of companies providing a wide range of cloud computing services and technologies. We are thrilled to work with these partners!
Check out other video interviews, recorded and live main tent keynotes as well as expo floor highlights from the IBM developerWorks team on the ground in Vegas via the IBM Impact livestream channel.
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If you're going to the Cloud Computing World Forum, Europe's leading cloud and SaaS forum in London this week, here's the lineup of what IBM will be showcasing as well as the executive experts that will be speaking at the event that you will not want to miss.
Keynote: Cloudscape: An Overview of the Current World Marketplace
Speaker: Mike Hill, Vice President Enterprise Initiatives
Location: Cloud Approach Theatre
Date and time: Tuesday June 21st, 10 - 10:30 am BST
Session: Establishing ROI for Enterprise 2.0
Speaker: Stuart McRae, Executive Collaboration Evangelist
Location: Cloud Approach Theatre
Date and time: Wednesday June 22nd, 12:20 - 12:50 pm BST
Visit Cloud experts at the IBM Cloud Booth on Exhibition Floor to see a demo of the IBM SmartCloud Enterprise offering and how to partner to win in the cloud with IBM.
We will also be hosting an IBM SmartCloud Seminar Session in the Premier Lounge on June 22nd. Join us for our open house from 4 - 5 pm.
Follow hashtag #CCWF for continuous updates throughout the conference and follow @ibmcloud and @ibmsaas on Twitter for updates on IBM Cloud.
Visit our web site at ibm.com/smartcloud
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IT infrastructure is reaching a breaking point. The facts here startling.
• In distributed computing environments, up to 85% of computing capacity sits idle.
• Consumer product and retail industries lose about $40 billion annually due to supply chain inefficiencies.
• An explosion of information is driving a 54% growth in storage shipments every year to accommodate the data.
• Security breaches are becoming more common.
• Challenges to automation mean highly skilled individuals are supporting basic operational tasks in data centers instead of innovating to serve customers.
The result: new services to customers that are vital to the organizations bottom line are delayed. Even worse are problems that arise from human error associated with mundane, repetitive tasks that severely impact customer satisfaction. The answer? It’s time to start thinking differently about IT infrastructure.
Over time business operations have industrialized to become smarter. Breakthroughs like these required the use of technology-based systems. What if you could industrialize the delivery of your services and reduce the headaches of integrating and maintaining servers, storage & software with a service management system that can provide dramatic improvements in time to market, delivery of services to clients in minutes – rather than weeks -- through self-service, and hands free operational support that eliminates mundane tasks from skilled personnel, all with the lowest cost per unit?
Introducing IBM CloudBurst V1.2, designed from IBM client cloud implementation experiences quickly enables a private cloud in your IT environment. The new release, available now, is optimized to support production workloads with specific needs related to elasticity, security, availability, green monitoring, usage and account management. Join Kristin Lovejoy, Director of IBM CloudBurst Project Office for a webcast now available for replay where she discusses the exciting and expanded service management features. Click on play in the window below to start the webcast or go here.
to stay connected on what IBM is doing in the cloud computing space and check out the cloud videos on ourYou Tube channel
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Venue: Mission Bay Conference Center at UCSF (Directions)
Dates: Wednesday June 22 and Thursday June 23
IBM is pleased to be a primetime sponsor of Structure 2011. Registration is still open but there are limited tickets remaining so sign up today!
Visit us on the exhibit area to hear about IBM's point of view on cloud computing and get a cool giveaway too!
You are invited to join the sessions and panel discussions IBM will be hosting and participating in:
SESSION: Partner with IBM to win in the Cloud
Speaker: Amy Anderson, Manager of Cloud Business Partner Programs, ISV and Developer Relations, IBM
The cloud market opportunity is growing presenting new business opportunities for partners. IBM offers a complete cloud computing ecosystem for business partners of all types. Join for a view of how IBM can help you equip yourself to more fully participate in cloud opportunities and win in the cloud.
Location: Level 2, Room 3
Date: Wednesday, June 22
Time: 9:50 AM - 10:30 AM
PANEL: Latin America: The New Market in The Backyard?
Speaker: Rich Lechner - VP, Cloud and Services Marketing, IBM
Last year, Brazil experienced its fastest economic growth in almost two decades. Gross domestic product expansion was double what economists had expected the country to reach. As it's economy booms, it's demand is outstripping local supply of technical talent and infrastructure. Does Brazil represent a new market and potentially a new partner for American Cloud Services companies? Or will China and India rise to the occasion?
Date: Wednesday, June 22
Time: 11:30 AM - 11:50 AM
The M&A Panel: A Year of Deals in Review and the Year Ahead
Speaker: Lorenzo De La Vega, VP, Application and Integration Middleware, IBM
Since 2008, we have seen a “cambrian explosion” of cloud and infrastructure companies. This now being followed by an M&A feeding frenzy, as the early leaders were gobbled up by the giants. In this panel, we assemble some of the leading M&A rockstars and review some of their biggest hits from last year. We will also look to the coming months and find out the types of deals they are sourcing and what technologies will be on their radar.
Date: Thursday, June 23
Time: 5:25 PM - 6:00 PM
We are looking forward to meeting you at Structure 2011.