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*** DRAFT - UNDER EMBARGO UNTIL JUNE 16, 2009 at 12:01AM ET Published here after NY Times broke the embargo IBM Readies Cloud for Business New Choices to Automate and Simplify IT for Inefficient Business Tasks ARMONK, NY – JUNE 16, 2009 – IBM today introduced the industry’s first set of “cloud” services and integrated products for the enterprise. This will give clients a reliable way to standardize IT functions that are rapidly becoming too costly or difficult to use. Based on nearly two years of research and hundreds of client engagements, the IBM Smart Business cloud portfolio is meant to help clients take complex business processes and turn them into simple services. To accomplish this, Smart Business brings sophisticated automation technology and self-service to specific digital tasks as diverse as software development and testing; desktop and device management;... (more)

Hyper-Scale Cloud Apps with GigaSpaces XAP

I had a call with Nati Shalom, CTO of GigaSpaces this morning to discuss their announcement of their XAP (eXtreme Application Platform) 7.0 release.  XAP is like JBoss or WebSphere on steroids with lots of support for scaling out and leveraging today’s multi-core server environment.  There are a lot of reasons why someone might want to look at GigaSpaces, including the ability to squeeze a lot more performance out of the same number of boxes. Here’s the marketecture view that shows support for a variety of application frameworks — not just Java. One thing that’s cool about them... (more)

Seeking Proof – Did Eucalyptus Get Cozy with Amazon?

It was widely reported today that Eucalyptus had struck some kind of deal with Amazon.  The details of the deal, unfortunately, have been lacking.  There’s no press release on either the AWS or Eucalyptus web sites or that I can find through Google News, PR Newswire, BusinessWire or other sources.  None of the articles I have read link to the release.  The best they link to is the GigaOm article which mostly references a chat between Om Malik and Marten Mickos. http://www.readwriteweb.com/cloud/2012/03/amazon-taps-eucalyptus-as-private-cloud-partner.php http://www.forbes.com/site... (more)

Thomson Reuters Virtualizes - Cloud Next!

Christopher Crowhurst, Thomson Reuters’s vice president and chief architect for infrastructure was interviewed for an article in The Industry Standard regarding his plans to implement storage and server virtualization on a global level. With 20,000 servers and over 6.5 petabytes of storage today, Thomson Reuters is a great candidate for virtualization.  One of his comments in this article points to an opening for cloud computing in their enterprise architecture moving forward: “I think what we’ll eventually start doing is extend this into a private cloud and move to do some self... (more)

Tomorrow’s IBM “Smart Business” Cloud Computing Strategy

The NY Times broke IBM’s embargo this morning by publishing their story on IBM’s new cloud computing initiatives.  I’ve posted the full release here on CloudBzz. The diagram below gives a bit of insight into where IBM is today and where they are heading. IBM is also updating their collateral with a bit more detail.  Here is a fact sheet for their Smart Business initiative: Fact sheet: IBM Smart Business Smart Business is IBM’s commonly branded set of cloud computing offerings for business. This set of offerings gives clients three choices to deliver and consume cloud services t... (more)