IBM Launches Cloud Computing Tools, SmartCloud Foundation

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IBM offers software and services designed for business partners through public or private clouds.

Technology giant IBM launched a set of cloud computing tools designed to help business partners adopt cloud business models and generate new revenue streams by offering public, private and hybrid cloud infrastructures, applications and services to their clients. The company is extending the IBM SmartCloud portfolio with two new public cloud services, SmartCloud Enterprise+ and SmartCloud Application Services.

SmartCloud Enterprise+ will provide infrastructure as a service, including enterprise-class governance, administration and management control, multiple security and isolation options built into the virtual infrastructure and network, and real business-centric service-level agreements (SLAs). Additionally, IBM intends to make SCE+ available to qualified IBM business partners for resell in the first half of 2012.

SmartCloud Application Services will enable enterprise applications as a cloud service using a set of secure tools, and interested ISVs can join the SmartCloud Application Service beta program.

IBM also announced enhancements to the existing IBM SmartCloud, including a white label option for business partners to launch branded services based on SmartCloud Enterprise.

In addition, IBM is launching SmartCloud Foundation, a family of private cloud solutions to help businesses design and deploy private cloud environments. The private cloud offerings will be specifically targeted to small to medium-size businesses (SMBs). SmartCloud Entry, delivered by IBM Starter Kit for Cloud, offers the building blocks to create private clouds on virtualized IBM System x and Power Systems hardware. The solution provides simplified initialization and administration for cloud environments on Power and x86 systems and standardization of virtual machines.

SmartCloud Provisioning software offers a provisioning engine and image management system to create or provision virtual machines, while IBM SmartCloud Monitoring applies its monitoring expertise to provide greater visibility into the performance of virtual and physical environments like storage, network and server resources. To help companies analyze their cloud readiness and identify key challenges they may need to address before moving forward with their cloud solutions, IBM is also offering a Cloud Assessment tool.

IBM also offers a variety of ways for business partners to gain access to cloud technologies and expertise. Across its network of global cloud labs and 40 IBM Innovation Centers in 33 countries, IBM offers technical expertise in building cloud skills, delivering cloud workshops and providing access to new training programs to partners. 

"We are committed to the success of our business partners, and our goal is to continue to collaborate with them to bring innovative solutions to our joint clients across industries," said Rich Hume, general manager of IBM global business partners. "To seize this opportunity, IBM has laid the foundation for a comprehensive set of cloud offerings which IBM business partners, who are key to our growth strategy, can take to market to help these clients address their cloud needs as their businesses grow."