The world of cloud computing is getting more competitive, as expected. Besides Google Drive, Dropbox, Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services, IBM’s SoftLayer announces a power statement. IBM improves SoftLayer by providing new services for hybrid cloud computing. Recently IBM announced huge investments in post silicon processing technology as well.
IBM bought SoftLayer one year ago for $2 billion. Since then, they did not waste their time. IBM now has an impressive list of SoftLayer clients. The cloud platform built around Watson now serves clients such as Whirlpool and Generali. IBM plans to invest $1.2 billion to open four new data centers for cloud computing. The company plans to have 40 data centers by the end of the year, according to theregister.co.uk, thus making services much easier access.
IBM improves SoftLayer, offers cloud interoperability
Today IBM released a statement announcing the new services available for the cloud storage clients. SoftLayer already offers hybrid cloud storage. Hybrid means the core most used data by the client is stored on local servers for fast and secure access. The other data, such as the one meant for archival, is stored in the cloud, meaning it is accessible anywhere. Big data becomes increasingly important and its storage and access to it become more relevant than ever. According to IBM’s press release, “Clients can maintain on-premise control of key applications and data while moving other workloads – so-called systems of engagement with customers and partners — to the cloud for quick access to data, expansion of new services and cost reductions.”
Among the new cloud computing services announced by IBM on Monday, one is the ability of the Watson Developer Cloud on SoftLayer to help developers create ecosystems for the new cognitive computing. Over 300 services are available for the customers, including the new IBM multi-enterprise Relationship Management, the Internet of Things oriented Time Series Database, and an analytical service called Analytics Warehouse. Aspera high-speed transfer technology enables speedy secured data transfer.
Interoperability is important in a fragmented technological world. IBM is fully aware, so another new key feature offered by IBM will be the option to use other cloud services through Jumpgate service. IBM’s move is inspired by Gartner’s report which forecasts that by 2017 all the large enterprises will use hybrid cloud services.
IBM improves SoftLayer and aggressively attempts to conquer the large enterprise market. IBM is one of the most established high tech companies and we are sure it will deliver successful services.