Good news for Managed Service Providers, IBM Customers and Business Partners: the IBM Enterprise Cloud System is now generally available. The IBM Enterprise Cloud System was announced on April 8, 2014 as part of IBM's Mainframe 50 Celebration. Today the product is generally available for shipping, offering users flexibility and security in the cloud.
So why is this good news? For a number of reasons. IBM Enterprise Cloud System offers users the ability to start small and then scale up quickly. The Enterprise Cloud System solution unites leading IBM software, storage and server technologies into one simple, flexible and secure factory integrated solution. This offering provides those delivering cloud services with the ability to rapidly deploy a fully-automated OpenStack-based cloud orchestration and monitoring in a Linux environment with mainframe qualities of service. To align with MSP and CSP business models and make the mainframe more accessible to a broader number of clients, IBM also has the new IBM System z utility pricing for MSPs that will provide managed service providers a ‘pay as you grow' pricing model and reduce the total cost of acquisition of acquiring System z technologies by as much as 65 percent. With the ability to start small and scale up to 6,000 virtual machines in a single footprint, the Enterprise Cloud System and new utility base enables more clients to provide superior cloud services for as low as half the cost of public cloud or x86 private cloud alternatives.
To learn more about the IBM Enterprise Cloud System check out this video on costing savings with cloud and the mainframe.