Leading technology innovation happens in multiple environments from university research labs to Silicon Valley startup’s to, customers who push the limits of technology to adapt to their business models, and even the government. We need to congratulate National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) for taking an early leadership position in standardizing the definitions around cloud computing as the technology was making inroads into US Federal Government, working in collaboration with the industry. IBM is an active participant in defining and driving private and hybrid cloud standards adoption and evolving the NIST definition into an implementable reference architecture that not only considers - what and why of cloud, but also “how” operational integration with existing enterprise systems aligned to Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) and IT Service Management (ITSM) process.
IBM constantly evolves and refines the Cloud Computing Reference Architecture (CCRA) based on the changing regulatory and compliance needs (based on the solid security and privacy frameworks). IBM Cloud Computing Reference Architecture is intended to be used as a blueprint / guide for architecting cloud implementations, driven by functional and non-functional requirements of the respective cloud implementation. The CCRA defines the basic building blocks - architectural elements and their relationships which make up the cloud. IBM Federal Cloud Computing Reference Architecture considers key cloud requirements like FedRAMP and Sec-508 augmented by PaaS innovations. IBM products like Bluemix, enables rapid application development in the cloud enabled by DevOps. This improves the time to capability and reduces the overall IT costs leveraging private, public and hybrid cloud models. Our goal is to leverage open standards based heterogeneous private/hybrid cloud architecture in our products and systems architecture to maximize the customer value.
Here’s an exclusive opportunity for you to learn more about what the Cloud Computing Reference Architecture means to IBM Federal Cloud solutions - join us at the FederalSummit2014 on June 11th, 2014 in The Ronald Reagan Building, Washington DC.
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Chief Architect - US Federal CTO
IBM Software Group