IBM unveils new platform-as-a-service on SmartCloud

By : |October 12, 2011 0

BANGALORE, INDIA: IBM unveiled new cloud services, SmartCloud services, and softwares designed for enterprise clients.

IBM plans to support about 200 million users by the end of 2012 as clients shift core applications and processes to its SmartCloud.

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IBM SmartCloud Application Services, a new platform-as-a-service (PaaS), will give enterprises the cost and time savings of a cloud environment for a wide range of enterprise applications while maintaining control and security over deployment and access, says the company in a release.

These new platform services provide cost and time savings in this order (as claimed by IBM):



From Traditional

To IBM SmartCloud

Development environment setup



Administrative hours per database

6 per week

1 per week

Web application deployment



Application integration


Days or hours

Provision SAP Test environment



Application administration

1 operator per 10 apps

1 operator per 100 apps

IBM also announced SmartCloud Foundation, a new portfolio of cloud software and hardware that allow enterprises to deploy and control clouds within their firewalls.

Also announced was SmartCloud Ecosystem, new services for IBM partners and independent software vendors (ISVs) to help small and medium business clients adopt cloud models and manage cloud based transactions.

“IBM is committed to help our clients maximize the benefits through the cloud model by enabling them to embrace our broad portfolio of services and technology, in order to leverage their existing IT investments for newer avenues of innovation and productivity”, said Vamsi Charan Mudiam, general manager, Cloud Sales Executive, IBM, India/South Asia.  “By adopting IBM’s SmartCloud, our clients are able to scale up their businesses with improved reliability and security”, he added.

Available in beta in the fourth quarter, the SmartCloud Application Services will offer security, open Java and cross-platform support with no vendor lock-in, adds the company.

The Application Services will run on IBM’s SmartCloud Enterprise and Enterprise+, an infrastructure-as-a-platform specifically designed to run enterprise workloads, at committed business centric service level agreements.

IBM also announced SmartCloud for SAP Applications, which will reduce the cost and labor associated with SAP cloning, refreshes and patching, adds the company.

IBM is also announcing the availability IBM SmartCloud Enterprise+ in the US, with full global deployment planned by end of 2012. 

Announced earlier this year, SmartCloud Enterprise + delivers scalability of a public cloud environment plus the flexibility to “dial-in” the security, existing applications, reliability, management and support services more typical of a private environment.

IBM intends to make SCE+ available to qualified IBM Business Partners to resell in the first half of 2012.

IBM is also introducing Cloud Migration Service for hosting and application on demand clients in the US on SmartCloud.

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