Last week, IBM held a cross-solution IBM Cloud Forum event in San Francisco. Announcements at the event included the launch of the IBM Smart Cloud, a broad set of cloud-delivered capabilities including IBM and custom solutions. The Smart Business cloud is the new name for the home of the Domino applications in the cloud offering that we announced at Lotusphere 2011, and at the Cloud Forum, the new Domino Utility Server for LotusLive was highlighted. Additionally, we announced several new customer wins for LotusLive cloud collaboration, including American Airlines, Carfax, Costco, Frito Lay, and 7Eleven.
eWeek's Darryl Taft covered the announcements:
IBM has jumped head first into the public cloud space with its new IBM SmartCloud enterprise-class, secure cloud offering that has been specifically created to meet the demands of businesses. ...Link: eWeek: IBM Launches Smart Public Cloud Platform for Business >
The IBM SmartCloud has two implementation options: Enterprise and Enterprise +. The Enterprise version is available today and expands on IBM’s existing Development and Test Cloud. This enables customers to expand on internal development and test efforts with reduction of application development tasks from days to minutes via automation and rapid provisioning with over 30 percent reduction in costs versus traditional application environments.
The Enterprise+ implementation will be made available later this year, Enterprise + will complement and expand on the value of the Enterprise version, and offer new capabilities to provide a core set of multi-tenant services to manage virtual server, storage, network and security infrastructure components including managed operational production services. ...
IBM also is enabling customers to deploy their Lotus Domino applications to the IBM SmartCloud with the Lotus Domino Utility Server for LotusLive. LotusLive provides integrated email, social business and third-party applications from the cloud. The new server licensing model extends customer deployment options for Domino applications from on-premises to cloud. With the immediate availability of the Domino Utility Server for LotusLive, clients can now move applications to the IBM SmartCloud – Enterprise and take advantage of fixed, predictable pricing and flexible deployment. IBM Global Technology Services will also work with clients on planning and assessments.