IBM unveils new hybrid cloud solution for enterprise


IBM announced a new hybrid cloud solution, building on
its acquisition of Cast Iron to help clients significantly reduce the time it
takes to connect, manage and secure public and private clouds.


With new integration and management capabilities,
organizations of all sizes will be able to gain greater visibility, control and
automation into their assets and computing environments, regardless of where
they reside.


As a result, it will be significantly easier to integrate
and manage all of an organization’s on-and-off premise resources, and will
allow a task that once took several months to be done in a few days.


“As a user of IBM WebSphere Cast Iron, we have been
able to not only easily integrate our on-premise and cloud-based applications,
but also provide live feeds of order data changes to our sales reps on any
device, including mobile phones, tablets and laptops,” said Randy Berger,
IT manager, Process and Application Development, Siemens.


Expanding on the Cast Iron platform will help IBM
provide even better access and management for hybrid clouds.


Increasing numbers of organizations are looking to
leverage the scale and flexibility of public cloud, but are concerned about
losing control of resources outside of their four walls. This is causing
organizations to embrace a hybrid cloud model, where they can more easily
manage some resources in-house, while also using other applications externally
as a service.


According to industry analysts, 39 percent of cloud users
report that the hybrid cloud is currently part of their strategy, with this
number expected to grow to 61 percent in the near future.  This is the
result of both private and public cloud users evolving towards the use of a hybrid


Yet, as businesses adopt a cloud computing model, they
are faced with integrating existing on-premise software such as Customer
Relationship Management (CRM), Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and homegrown
applications, while managing their usage and security.


Managing the complexities within and between such hybrid
environments is key to effective enterprise business use of software-as-a
service (SaaS), according to Saugatuck Technology.


To address this challenge, IBM is expanding its
SmartCloud portfolio with new hybrid cloud technology.  


The new capabilities will define policies, quotas,
limits, monitoring and performance rules for the public cloud in the same way
as on-premise resources. This allows users to access public cloud resources
through a single-service catalog — enabling IT staff to govern the access and
the usage of this information in a simplified, efficient and secure way.


IBM enables better control of users’ access by synching
the user directories of on-premise and cloud applications. The automated
synchronization means users will be able to gain entry to the information they
are authorized to access.


Application Integration using a simplified
“configuration, not coding” approach to application integration, the
software combines the power of native connectivity with industry leading
applications to provide best-practices for rapid and repeatable project


Dynamic Provisioning IBM’s monitoring, provisioning and
integration capabilities allow its hybrid cloud to support “cloud
bursting,” which is the dynamic relocation of workloads from private
environments to public clouds during peak times. IBM’s technical and business
policies control this sophisticated data integration.


“As the hybrid cloud model is emerging as a
strategic means to quickly unlock business value from data sources, IBM is
making it enterprise-ready with the best monitoring, governance and security
tools available,” said Robert LeBlanc, senior vice president, middleware
software, IBM.


IBM’s new solution will expedite and secure this process
to help clients of all sizes access key business applications securely, no
matter where they reside.


IBM recently announced
that WinHire Technologies, provider of a video-based social networking solution
for virtual recruitment, has selected
the IBM SmartCloud
Enterprise solution to roll out their next generation business model leveraging
social media. Making a choice over Amazon, Win Hire preferred the IBM solution
as it allowed them to access a secure enterprise class shared private cloud
computing infrastructure to drive higher efficiency, manage costs and increase


By Team
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