Sorting IBM's cloud offerings
The announcement of the new IBM CloudBurst offering coupled with the new WebSphere CloudBurst Appliance may create a bit of confusion for some. However, when both offerings are examined it's pretty plain to see any confusion is caused solely by the similarity of names.
IBM CloudBurst is a holistic cloud offering that includes hardware, software, and services. The hardware provides the physical infrastructure needed to host your private cloud. The software provides the capabilities to effectively utilize and manage the various cloud services, and it provides the self-service capabilities that enable the entire IT staff to provision cloud resources as necessary. The services portion provides IBM expert help in getting started toward utilizing the hardware and software components to effectively build a private cloud.
The WebSphere CloudBurst Appliance on the other hand is devoted to allowing users to create, deploy, and manage WebSphere middleware environments in a private cloud. It does not provide the infrastructure necessary to host a private cloud, rather it relies on users to bring their own cloud. In that sense, the WebSphere CloudBurst Appliance could be seen as a subset of the IBM CloudBurst offering, specifically as part of the cloud service management capabilities of IBM CloudBurst. The appliance would utilize the hardware portion of the IBM CloudBurst offering as the cloud infrastructure for the WebSphere middleware environments it dispenses.
Couple the hardware and cloud service management capabilities provided by these two offerings along with IBM experts via IBM CloudBurst's services portion, and users can quickly build out and leverage private enterprise clouds.
If you are interested, I encourage you to visit the landing page for both IBM CloudBurst and the WebSphere CloudBurst Appliance. Both offerings are truly unique, and they promise to make private enterprise clouds a reality.
-- Dustin Amrhein