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My five favorite IBM Cloud milestones

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It’s a year now since I participated in the ITSO Cloud Social Media Residency in Bangalore, India. A lot has happened since then and a very nice infographic of these IBM Cloud milestones is captured in this link. I want to present five of my favorites because of my direct involvement or basically because I believe they are strategic moves for cloud growth and adoption.

1. IBM joining OpenStack and putting its weight behind it.  IBM officially joined OpenStack as the largest contributor to expand open standards in cloud computing and as a Platinum Sponsor, led the successful launch of the OpenStack Foundation with more than 850 companies and 5,600 individual members. I find this move similar to a few years back when IBM strongly supported another open source initiative, Linux.

2. Launching of SCAS platform as a service (PaaS). While in Bangalore, I met a fellow blogger, Dominique Vernier who is the lead architect of IBM’s PaaS offering called IBM SmartCloud Application Services (SCAS) which helps organizations build and deploy their own software applications quickly and effectively. It offers integrated middleware, monitoring, networks, servers and storage. I actually had the opportunity to successfully build an environment for IBM Worklight by following his excellent YouTube videos.

3. Launching of IBM PureSystems Family.  I’ve heard initially about IBM PureSystems while I was in India and I was really impressed about how it is built ground up to support the cloud. It enables companies to quickly create private, self-service cloud offerings which can be scaled up or down automatically. I actually have a blog post about this new kind of expert integrated system.

4. Rolling out of managed cloud service worldwide.  IBM’s premier managed cloud service, IBM SmartCloud Enterprise+ (SCE+) rolled out in the US, Canada, Germany, France, Brazil, Japan and Australia. It is a fully managed, security-rich and production-ready cloud environment designed to ensure enterprise-class performance/availability and support of mission-critical applications. Other features of SCE+ includes the provision of complete governance, administration and management control.

5. Delivery of IBM SmartCloud for SAP Applications. I also first heard about IBM SmartCloud for SAP when I met Monica Gupta in Bangalore, who is the project manager of this offering. This offering is a fully hosted and managed service that provides an end-to-end solution for implementing and supporting customer SAP Applications. IBM and SAP have a long history of very close partnership and the depth and breadth of IBM’s experience with SAP assures that this product is an excellent fit. I am also very interested because currently I am involved in IBM’s largest SAP transformation program.

Cloud computing is no longer just hype and I honestly believe that there is always something new which will make things better for early cloud adopters. It also means that we have to continue learning and adjusting to the new way of doing business.

In line with this, I would like to extend my invitation to attend the upcoming event “SmartCloud Live 2013” in Sydney and Melbourne, Australia. It has three streams (for example, Business, Technology & Managed Service Provider (MSP) and Independent Software Vendor) with 11 topics overall. Of interest to me are the presentations on OpenStack, cloud security and IBM’s internal use of cloud. I will be attending and I will give some feedback in my next post. Please register using the link above.

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