IBM Cloud announcements at Pulse 2014
Well it's Tuesday again, and you know what that means? IBM announcements! Many of the announcements were made by IBM Executives at the [IBM Pulse 2014 conference].
IBM BlueMix is the newest cloud offering from IBM, providing Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) offering based on the Cloud Foundry open source project that promises to deliver enterprise-level features and services that are easy to integrate into cloud applications.
In partnership with Pivotal and others, [IBM is a founding member of the Cloud Foundry foundation] to create an open platform that avoids vendor lock-in. Many PaaS stacks, such as [LAMP] or [Microsoft IIS], are typically limited to a single programming language, database and web application server, but not Cloud Foundry! Here is what is supported:
Development Frameworks: Cloud Foundry supports Java™ code, Spring, Ruby, Node.js, and custom frameworks.
Application Services: Cloud Foundry offers support for MySQL, MongoDB, PostgreSQL, Redis, RabbitMQ, and custom services.
- Clouds: Developers and organizations can choose to run Cloud Foundry in Public, Private, Hybrid, VMware-based and OpenStack-based clouds.
To learn more, see this article on developerWorks [What is BlueMix?]
- Development Frameworks: Cloud Foundry supports Java™ code, Spring, Ruby, Node.js, and custom frameworks.
- POWER and PureApplication Patterns of Expertise on SoftLayer
By the end of 2014, IBM is investing over $1.2B to have [40 Cloud centers across five continents] for SoftLayer.
This week, my fifth-line manager Tom Rosamilia, IBM Senior Vice President IBM Systems & Technology Group and Integrated Supply Chain made two announcements at Pulse. First, in additional to x86-based servers, SoftLayer will also offer POWER-based servers to run AIX, IBM i and [Linux on POWER] applications.
Second, SoftLayer will support PureApplication Patterns of Expertise. What is a pattern of expertise? It can be as simple as a virtual machine encapsulated in [Open Virtual Format], to more dynamic architectures, packaged with required platform services, that are deployed and managed by the system according to a set of policies.
Patterns simplify and automate tasks across the lifecycle of the application. Customers and partners alike are [seeing significant reductions in cost and time] across the application lifecycle with the deployment of a PureApplication System.
- Cloudant DBaaS
Also, this week at Pulse, Robert LaBlanc, IBM Senior Vice President of Software and Cloud Solutions, announced [IBM plans to Acquire Cloudant] which offers an open, cloud Database-as-a-Service (DBaaS) that helps organizations simplify mobile, web app and big data development efforts.
- IBM SmartCloud Virtual Storage Center offerings
When I introduced [SmartCloud Virtual Storage Center] back in October 2012, I mentioned that it was a great solution for large enterprise that have all of their disk behind SAN Volume Controller (SVC).
To reach smaller accounts, IBM has announced two new offerings:
IBM SmartCloud Virtual Storage Entry for customers that have less than 250TB of disk behind two or four SVC nodes. It is priced per terabyte, by the amount of capacity that is virtualized.
IBM SmartCloud Virtual Storage for Storwize Family for customers that have other Storwize family products (Storwize V7000 or V5000, for example). It is priced per the number of storage enclosures that are managed by the Storwize family hardware.
To learn more about Virtual Storage Center, see the [IBM Announcement page]
- IBM SmartCloud Virtual Storage Entry for customers that have less than 250TB of disk behind two or four SVC nodes. It is priced per terabyte, by the amount of capacity that is virtualized.
I am not at Pulse 2014 this year, but I managed to watch many of these announcements on the [IBM Pulse livestream].