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Introducing IBM SmartCloud Enterprise+ (Part 1 of 2)

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Note: Through the end of the year, we’ll be posting one blog per day from our top 10 “greatest hits” from Thoughts on Cloud since we launched in September. This post is #8 and was originally published on Nov. 16.

UPDATE: Check out part 2 of this series here.

In this IBM SmartCloud Enterprise+ introduction, I talk about what is IBM SmartCloud Enterprise+, the benefits it brings to customers, market differentiation, and how it fits into the overall IBM cloud strategy.

Up the ante…this is the game changer. SmartCloud Enterprise+ is extending IBM’s cloud portfolio in a big way with hosted and managed cloud infrastructure services offered with committed service level agreements. One of the customers I talked to last week termed this as Thunder Cloud after listening to the details.

The Enterprise+ offering includes a shared management environment providing managed services support to shared or dedicated guest virtual environments, with enhanced security, availability, and performance. Guest environments are offered on IBM Power and x86 platforms using PowerVM and VMware hypervisors in pay-as-you-go or fixed billing models. The following figure shows the details.

This enterprise class cloud hosting benefits customers with automated service activation quick provisioning and ITIL-compliant managed services. Customer’s mission critical production workloads can take advantage of the proven hardware platform designed to support high availability and resiliency.

Several key differentiators of SCE+ are:

  • ITIL v3 Process support
  • Self service and IBM managed environment
  • PowerVM and VMware hypervisors
  • Auto-scale up and down
  • High availability
  • Committed service level agreements with associated penalties if not met
  • Security and audit compliancy
  • Regulatory workload support
  • Value-added service delivery platform for business growth
  • Proven IBM service delivery best practices

SmartCloud Enterprise+ fits in to IBM’s overall cloud strategy extending foundational offerings into well defined cloud services, further leading into industry specific cloud solutions.

Based on IBM Cloud Reference Architecture, Enterprise and Enterprise+ provide a rich cloud service delivery platform for infrastructure, platform and business process as a service.  Same is shown in the following figure.

In Part 2 of this blog entry, I explain the various services that Enterprise+ will provide, along with how customers can migrate in to the environment, and roadmap of what IBM is planning.

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