This is a first for cloud.. a "enterprise cloud"... and it is targeted directly at developerWorks core audience: Developers and Testers! The IBM Smart Business Development and Test Cloud not only offers an integrated stack of runtime software, it is supplemented with a rich set of Rational Development & Testing tools! For those applications that you are developing and testing deemed to sensitive for deployment into a public cloud, IBM is also offering a in-house version.
Certainly any cloud can be used for test and development purposes... the new and very cool news here is this purpose built stable of pre-built application elements, including the Rational Development & Testing tools. For developers and testers who want to use IBM software and in particular Rational, this is a super new addition to the ever growing portfolio of Cloud offerings. One other "smart" feature: It feeds the IBM learning engine which will be able to refine this offering based on your feedback!
Complementing the Smart Business Development and Test offerings, developerWorks today announced it is launching a new Cloud zone,
focused on providing technical articles, community resources, and
support for the enterprise cloud space. This new Cloud zone is a one
stop resource for new or experienced Cloud developers, and includes
discussion forums, blogs, groups, and most importantly, the ability to
connect and network with other developers to accelerate adoption and
quickly maximize value of these new IBM Cloud offerings.