WebSphere Portal and Lotus Web Content Management are on the new IBM Smart Business Cloud for Development and Test. This new cloud offering from IBM is an Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) offering similar to Amazon's Elastic Computing Cloud, but with several usability enhancements, including a more usable Console and the ability to modify aspects of the image (such as activation scripts) without needing to rebuild the image!
Check it out: http://www-935.ibm.com/services/us/igs/cloud-development/
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IBM SWG announced today a new "platform as a service" delivery channel for SWG products through Amazon Web Services (AWS):
IBM is OEMing our software to Amazon, and Amazon is charging their users for access to it.
Users can now sign up for an account with Amazon Web Services (AWS) then launch virtual images fully configured with our software in their Elastic Computing Cloud (EC2). Users simply pay by the hour for usage of the image, then throw it away when they are done.
Initially, the offering is for free-for-use development images, called Amazon Machine Images, or AMIs, since the largest community of users of EC2 are developers. Later this year we will introduce AMIs for production use which can be used, for instance, by ISVs/BPs to host their applications on.
Besides Lotus (Portal/WCM), IM (Informix and DB2) and AIM (WebSphere Smash) are also participating.
I see this as a huge opportunity to lower cost of ownership of the Portal platform. I can think of several ways to leverage portal in a cloud: