IBM has extended its IBM SmartCloud portfolio to include two new public cloud services including SmartCloud Enterprise+, an Infrastructure-as-a-Service offering, and SmartCloud Application Services, a platform-as-a-service offering cost and time savings in the cloud environment.
To further assist enterprises in their private cloud endeavor, IBM is offering clients higher control over cloud security and easier deployment of security applications with its IBM SmartCloud Foundation and IBM SmartCloud Ecosytem. The Ecosystem service targets small and medium business clients aiding them in cloud model adoption.
The SmartCloud Foundation portfolio contains a core set of private-cloud functions designed to help both entry-level firms and more sophisticated clients quickly adopt private clouds from scratch or transform their current virtualized systems into highly efficient cloud infrastructures.
“IBM has applied its decades of client experience with data centers to help clients take advantage of the private cloud opportunity quickly and easily,” said Scott Hebner, vice president, IBM Software Group. “We designed the SmartCloud Foundation to have the essential elements to build, and, importantly, manage private clouds with the greatest ease.”
IBM’s new version of its public enterprise SmartCloud will be available in beta in the fourth quarter offering enterprise-grade security, open Java and cross-platform support with no vendor lock-in, and a comprehensive set of application infrastructure and managed services to enable development and deployment of applications to the cloud.
A key enhancement to the SmartCloud includes new services for automating the most common labor intensive tasks associated with managing SAP environments in the cloud. The SmartCloud for SAP Applications significantly reduce the cost and labor associated with SAP cloning, refreshes and patching.