Conserve energy. Consolidate resources. Make information secure and available whenever and wherever it's needed. Think outside the data center.
It's time to think about more intelligent ways to handle the 15 petabytes of new information we generate each day, and the massive increase of connected devices we use to work with that data. Optimizing for the remarkably diverse workloads managed by businesses, organizations and governments.
It's time for a platform designed for efficient, effective computing in wide open spaces...in other words, everywhere. That's what the IBM Cloud is all about.
A series of conversations for a smarter planet
The benefits of cloud computing—accessing data and applications stored on remote hardware by way of the Internet instead of keeping it all in your local workstation—still requires a leap of logic for many. But now that a workstation can go anywhere as a smartphone, a stripped-down netbook, or even an e-book reader, it's practically a virtual desktop operating in conjunction with a virtual server anyway. If the user can be anywhere, so can the source for data and applications.
The cloud equation adds in the flexibility to scale bandwidth up or down at will and the affordability of pay-as-you-go service, and subtracts energy-devouring hardware from your local environment. Factor in the IBM security and experience that go into each of its industry-leading global cloud computing centers and myriad enterprise private clouds. The result: an instrumented, interconnected, intelligent approach to smarter computing.
IBM's forecast: a smarter planet covered in clouds
South African financial institution Nedbank is automating business processes through cloud computing technology. "IBM cloud technology has proved to us that we can shorten [business process automation environment deployment] provisioning time significantly, reduce our cost and also increase the agility with which we can respond to business demands," said Nicholas Parry, Nedbank.
With IBM Smart Business Virtual Desktop, Pike County School District in Eastern Kentucky has reduced end-user support costs more than 62 percent while providing equal access to education content across 27 schools and just over 2,000 desktops. The introduction of new courseware—what used to take more than a year—can now be implemented instantly across all schools.
"Cloud computing increases our flexibility in providing IT resources to meet the growing demands of our global business," said Mr. Peng Jin Song, General Manager, Information Technology at Sinochem. "With IBM CloudBurst and the technical expertise from IBM Cloud Labs in China, we will be able to pool and maximize our resources to run our global business on the most efficient infrastructure possible."
Cloud Computing Podcast
Two IBM experts tell what's in a cloud and what makes IBM's cloud unique.
Clients, employees and partners talk about why they chose IBM to implement a cloud computing model for their organizations.
Where did the cloud computing paradigm come from? How can it help in reducing complexity and simplifying computing? What can it do for us today? And what does it have in common with beekeeping?