IBM Offers Cloud Development Services To Customers, Partners For Development, Testing

Says services can result in lower IT costs, better quality and faster time to market

IBM Corp. recently said it is offering its commercial cloud service to customers and channel partners for software development and testing.

The vendor contends that using cloud computing in testing and development environments can reduce costs by some 50 percent, improve quality and reduce time to market.

Accordingly, the company said that it will allow enterprise and government customers to test and develop on an IBM cloud, making services available not later than June of this year in North America and globally later in the year.

IBM also brought out a cloud version of its Rational software delivery lifecycle solution called Rational Software Delivery Services for Cloud Computing, launched a new, online cloud computing resource center on IBM developerWorks for developers, IT professionals and students that includes articles, blogs, videos and hands-on virtual workshops.

IBM has offered a private cloud solution test since last June that some enterprise clients also deployed for development.

Officials said that the average business allocates up to 50 percent of its IT infrastructure to development and test but 90 percent of it remains unused. The vendor reasons that customers taking advantage of IBM cloud services for development and test can cut IT labor costs by up to 50 percent.

IBM is aiming the endeavor at enterprise customers who want to expand internal development and test efforts, offering resources such as its secure, scalable cloud delivery model, software, and application lifecycle management capabilities.

The vendor is offering the services in three forms, namely, IBM Smart Business Development and Test Cloud, a private cloud service running behind the client’s firewall, built and managed by IBM; IBM Smart Business Development & Test on the IBM Cloud, available on IBM’s secure, scalable cloud; and, IBM CloudBurst offerings for Development & Test, a pre-integrated set of hardware, storage, virtualization and networking that clients can leverage to deploy an internal or private cloud.

The new open cloud environment supports Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise, and Java.

Working with partners around the cloud

IBM also said that it is building a roster of partners to work with IBM and complement the IBM cloud is select areas. Right now that lineup includes RightScale, a Santa Barbara, CA-based cloud computing management provider; Kaavo, a Stamford, CT-based solutions provider for managed distributed applications in the cloud; Navajo Systems, a Jerusalem, Israel-based provider of data security for SaaS applications, and, others such as Aviarc, Wavemaker, Corent, VMlogix, AppFirst and Soasta.

One IBM Business Partner, Trinity Software Solutions, works with government agencies and clients with mandatory compliance and security issues when developing in the cloud.

“Our customers often have barrier to scalability and limited resources for deploying quickly,” said Russell Stanley, Trinity principle quality management engineer.

“IBM Rational’s software delivery services for cloud computing can be internal or external and scale to fit on demand, while streamlining testing with minimal overhead. With the additional reduction of risk IBM enables in the cloud, we can prioritize quality,” he said.

IBM said that this year it will begin a new series of cloud computing workshops at its Innovation Centers for ISV partners wanting cloud skills.

Officials said that IBM recognizes that the cloud is not suitable for every computing task, but identifying and assessing workloads is important. As a result, the company said it is offering Cloud Infrastructure and Design Services to clients who need help determining workload and delivery model choices.

“Workload characteristics continue to drive the rate and degree of standardization of IT and business services,” said Rich Esposito, IBM vice president, IT Strategy & Architecture and Middleware Services.

“Standardization is the key to bringing discipline, efficiency and simplicity to the most complex corners of big business,” he said.

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