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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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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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
New Cloud Computing initiatives for IBM Business Partners announced at PartnerWorld Leadership Conference
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Cloud computing has matured to a point where it's fully considered mainstream. It's a major growth opportunity for IBM and our Business Partners.
At the PartnerWorld Leadership Conference today, IBM shared strategies and new opportunities to help our Business Partners grow their businesses in the area of cloud computing to help our partners gain the skills, prove they have them, work more closely with each other and IBM, and be rewarded as they leverage IBM technology with their cloud offerings.
While IBM becomes recognized as a market leader in cloud, our Business Partners play a critical role in delivering private and public cloud applications and solutions to clients. Our clients expect to work with the best in the industry. And with many IT vendors looking to grow their businesses via the cloud, credibility and experience are key factors for customers looking to adopt a cloud computing strategy.
The news today centers around two initiatives:
1) The IBM Cloud Computing Specialty - a single program that will create the IT industry’s broadest ecosystem of companies working together to provide a comprehensive set of cloud computing services and offerings for clients of all sizes and industries. It provides IBM Partners with one umbrella program that helps them work with IBM and support their growth through cloud. IBM built the Cloud Specialty based on what our partners said they wanted from IBM, and at the top of list where the opportunities to network with each other and to get closer to IBM and our cloud strategy.
Earlier this year IBM announced the availability of the IBM Industry Specialty. The IBM Industry Specialty provides training plus sales, marketing and technical resources to help ISVs grow their business in specific industries including financial services, telecommunications, healthcare, retail and energy and utilities. As part of the IBM Industry Specialty, partners must demonstrate their deep vertical knowledge of an industry, and understanding business analytics as it applies to these industries plays a key role. The IBM Cloud Specialty looks more horizontally at addressing cloud computing across many industries.
The IBM Cloud Computing Specialty will support five paths or company types for Business Partners that demonstrate their proven expertise and customer success in cloud computing. Qualified partners that demonstrate proven skills and market success can gain access to a wide range of IBM cloud computing marketing and sales enablement resources to help them build, market and sell cloud computing solutions.
2) The second piece of news is around a new IBM Cloud Computing Authorization, the first IBM Cloud Computing Authorization designed specifically for resellers of IBM software. The formation of the authorization is being announced today Tuesday Feb 14 and it will be open for enrollment this May.
Learn more about the cloud news at the IBM Business Partner Webcast on February 24th. We are offering the session at two times to accommodate all.
It's exciting times ahead in the world of cloud computing for IBM and IBM Business Partners.
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If you missed our Summer series of Cloud Computing virtual events, you're in luck, the June and August event replays are now available for your viewing pleasure.
The June event had some interesting sessions around cloud in the enterprise and we had the pleasure of hearing from four IBM Business Partners. They discussed their cloud solutions that complement the IBM Cloud.
Here's a quick recap of what you can expect from the June event replay:
These sessions and more are available to you now on-demand so take advantage of the replay to stay up to date on what IBM and IBM Business Partners are doing in the cloud.
Register once to access the Cloud Computing for Developers Summer 2010 event series.
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Register to join a on-demand virtual roundtable discussion to hear industry experts describe how your peers are using cloud computing to modernize application development in a way that not only lowers costs, but also makes the overall process more flexible, agile and responsive to the dynamically changing needs of a Smarter Business.
Topics to be discussed include:
Register to access the webcast.