GBS offers the capability for clients to run applications and conduct business in a cyber environment hosted by secure GBS machines. Clients can benefit from GBS's "IBM Bestseller" award winning system while enjoying GBS's maintenance and support services, freeing time from the concerns of managing a complicated data system. The remote data system, called the "cloud," allows multiple users to utilize apps and store information remotely from tremendously powerful computers located either at a GBS building or at the client's campus.
GBS customizes its cloud service to customers at a high level of detail, allowing clients to tailor an architecture in GBS's patent-pending Cloud Automation Protocol that best suits their needs. However, most clients find that one of two options is optimal: either utilize the existing cloud network that GBS has already built and reliably maintains 24/7, or build an entire new set of machines on site at a client's location. These two options, respectively, are called the public cloud and the corporate cloud.
While both provide the advantages of demand-driven use of resources (so that system time and computation is optimized) and support both Lotus and Domino applications, the difference between the public and corporate cloud lies in the extent to which new construction and server location is involved. Utilizing the public cloud, a small- to mid-sized company can tap into GBS's existing cloud infrastructure and deliver applications to clients, perform remote data storage and computation, and quickly communicate in the Lotus environment. Developing new customers and performing analysis to identify and describe key market phenomena is made easier through the wealth of performance data the public cloud provides in terms of usage, productivity, and cloud activity.
Larger clients have the option of utilizing the Corporate Cloud, which is a bigger investment involving the installation and construction of a custom-built cloud system for the individual user. The corporate cloud provides a tremendous advantage in license management to the user, as well as a pantheon of monitoring apps to allow reporting of activities and usage to a central location. Existing applications already in use by the client are automatically provisioned. The entire system is controlled from a central web-based control center.
With either the public or corporate cloud option, GBS can allow companies to perform any aspect of business in a more cost efficient and directed manner, directed by reliable application hosting and the insights that derive from fast and reliable access to behavioral data.