Cloud Service Provider Platform (CSP2)
Till now we have seen through the earlier posts – what are
the essentials to go about creating a cloud environment – that consists of the management
platform as well as the managed environment. We have seen the critical
roles and organizations involved as well as the importance of Cloud
Service Strategy and Cloud
Service Design. We also saw the criticality of the need for a Cloud
Computing Reference Architecture (CCRA) to tie all the solution elements
together. We also saw how IBM
Service Delivery Manager (ISDM) which is an enterprise cloud solution based
Service Automation Manager (TSAM) can be deployed as a set of virtual
images that automate IT service deployment and provide resource monitoring,
cost management, and provisioning of services in the cloud.
IBM Cloud Service Provider Platform (CSP2) is a carrier grade cloud offering that contains enhancements over the base ISDM solution to provide a multi-tenancy environment that allows both internal and external users to exist on the same cloud and management platforms. IBM's new CSP2 platform provides cloud services such as desktop management to influence the cloud based business strategy of communications service providers.
The IBM Cloud Service Provider Platform is specifically tailored to the needs of CSPs and is designed to help them successfully:
- Create cloud services that harness the strengths of a diverse partner ecosystem and rapidly enable applications and solutions to extend their market reach.
- Manage cloud services quickly and easily with an open, carrier-grade, secure, scalable, automated and integrated service management solution.
- Monetize cloud services by leveraging business intelligence and analytics to achieve differentiation, maximize revenue and enhance the customer experience.
Figure 1 IBM Integrated Service Management Solution for Cloud Service Providers
IBM Cloud Service Provider Platform is an integrated Service Management for Cloud Service Providers is built upon around a core Service Automation and Management component provided by ISDM. Beyond the core, IBM’s Integrated Service Management for Cloud Service Providers makes available four extensions—network management, security management, storage management, and advanced monitoring and service level management—that enables a comprehensive management offering.
Communications service providers (CSPs) around the world are looking for smarter ways of doing business. They are being challenged to transform the way services are created, managed, and delivered. CSP2 neatly integrates and extends the SPDE (Service Provider Delivery Environment) for Communication Service Providers to build the ecosystem to become a cloud service provider. For a cloud based business strategy - check out the video from Scott on the value of CSP2 for CSPs.