IBM Rolling Out Hybrid Cloud Services Based on SoftLayer

IBM announced launch of a range of new cloud services designed for the enterprise and based on its SoftLayer network infrastructure. The new services, available starting June 15, also provide connections between IBM points of presence and allow access to SoftLayer data centers that customers can use to create private, dedicated connections -- something that could spread as more SoftLayer data centers are built.

IBM has pledged a $1.2 billion investment to expand SoftLayer's global roster of data centers, saying that it will have 40 such centers by 2015. It will open SoftLayer facilities in Melbourne, Toronto and Washington, D.C., in the third quarter of this year.

The new solutions aim to meet the needs of enterprises seeking to more quickly integrate their existing services with new services, and to more easily control, manage and secure their data and business applications.

Hybrid Cloud Environment

SoftLayer, which IBM acquired a year ago for $2 billion, has attracted about 6,000 clients since then, including MacyEUs department stores and appliance-maker Whirlpool.

In addition to new clients, IBM says SoftLayer has attracted more than 1,000 business partners. That list includes Avnet, Arrow Electronics and Ingram Micro, along with cloud-based services and solution providers such as Mirantis, Assimil8, Silverstring, Clipcard, SilverSky, and Cnetric Enterprise Solutions.

Transformative Technology

Erich Clementi, senior vice president of IBM Global Technology Services, stated: "SoftLayer has quickly become the foundation of IBM's cloud portfolio, anchoring our infrastructure, platform and software-as-a-service offerings." He said that SoftLayer is being used by a wide range of organizations, "from Web start-ups to established enterprises looking for the speed, flexibility and security that hybrid cloud environments provide."

We reached out to Dan Kusnetzky, analyst and founder of the Kusnetzky Group in Osprey, Fla., for his analysis of IBM's new offerings. He predicts they could be a boon for developers as IBM tries to...

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