IBM Advances Cloud Delivery Network with Overseas Development and Test Venture, New Competence Center

Vendor collaborates with Nissay Information in Japan to create mission critical Web systems for insurance client, launches cloud solutions and services center in Germany.

IBM Corp. said that it is collaborating with Nissay Information Technology Co. Ltd., a Tokyo, Japan-based provider of IT services to the insurance and health care industries, to build a cloud-based development and test environment to construct mission critical Web systems for Nippon Life Insurance.

The vendor disclosed in April that it planned to make its commercial cloud service available to enterprise customers for software development and testing, initiating services last month in North America and globally now with this effort, which launched this past May and is expected to go live in September 2010.

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.

Concurrently, IBM is building a Cloud Computing Competence Center in Ehningen, Germany—the site of its largest European data center--to offer a variety of cloud solutions and services, ranging from technology platforms to optimized service delivery processes, to local and international customers.

IBM opened its first European Cloud Computing Center in Dublin, Ireland in March 2008. The vendor maintains a cloud delivery center in Raleigh, North Carolina.

"The opening of this center places IBM in a strong position to meet the growing demand for cloud solutions and services in the market," said Michael Diemer, IBM Germany general manager, Global Technology Services.

The vendor figures that the cloud computing market will balloon by 28 percent a year through 2012 to $126 billion and is steadily building out facilities and expanding its capabilities to meet demand.

Test and development leverage Nippon Life’s existing resources

IBM said that the cloud development and test environment will allow Nippon Life’s developers to secure new test and development labs in hours, a process that previously might occupy the better part of a month.

The environment is driven by IBM Power Systems Unix server and uses Tivoli Service Automation Manager for operational management software.

Nippon Life said it will maintain a traditional test environment that allocates resources in a fixed format to maintain test quality and avoid any impact that the cloud environment might have on development projects in progress.

IBM contends that the average enterprise 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.

Cloud Competence Center offers standardized services

IBM’s Cloud Competence Center will provide clients with a menu of standardized cloud services, including IBM Smart Business Desktop Cloud, which provides anytime, anywhere access behind a client's firewall; IBM Smart Business Desktop on the IBM Cloud, a pre-priced subscription service that delivers desktop virtualization in a hosted environment; and, IBM Smart Business Development and Test on the IBM Cloud, which allows clients to expand internal development and test efforts through IBM's cloud delivery model.

IBM said that because it works a range of partners across cloud management, security, software development and testing support it can offer clients flexibility, scalability, enterprise-grade security and control for development and test on the IBM Cloud.

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