With a Big Push, IBM Gives Cloud Computing Its Blessing

13 thoughts on “With a Big Push, IBM Gives Cloud Computing Its Blessing”

    1. I think that is pretty much the plan for now. I wouldn’t be surprised that we see a more rapid adoption (or at least adoption intention curve over next few months) within corporate america.

  1. While it is good to see IBM joining the ranks of companies embracing the cloud, I see it much more as a “me too” strategy than the leadership position I would have expected from Big Blue. Cloud computing as a technology has already been accepted by larger numbers of organizations world wide, because some degree of virtualization makes sense for almost every business and organization.

    I do agree with Lohr, that IBM’s entrance will reinforce many of the things we, and other firms like BlueLock have been saying for several years, but I think they should have said it sooner.

  2. The IBM of today is that in name only. There is technically and practically no more IBM as the name once implied and they are now the least people we would want to endorse a concept like the cloud.

    Ultimately, computer users don’t want to keep all their personal computing data on anyone’s cloud, and the cloud is truly morphing into nothing more than multitudinous private network users sharing the same computer, without technically having their own computer. It’s a form of what we’ve already done.

    The success of personal computers, mobile devices, the use of cryptography in computers and computer security, and even Linux and Mac and computers in general, was strongly centered on getting away from it all and affording ones own privacy of thoughts. Expanding your mind, not allowing others access to your thoughts and information. The idea of a giant centralized cloud for everything has its uses, but is ultimately not looked at seriously as a practical development. It parallels the phenomena of social networking sites. Ultimately, we are each a social network and a cloud and would prefer to compute in this way. That means, don’t rule out the old trusty personal computer, software installation, web site, CPU, personal communication and personal physical interaction. Tried and true, and the way it is.

  3. For me the interesting part of the announcement is the focus on software to make data center processes more efficient. In my world, I talk to many companies that are challenged with how to manage demand of scarce resources.

    Our answer has been to create an IT Front Office to complement the “back office.” This concept applies to private clouds. This front office needs to include self-service portal, a service catalog, ties to
    automation software, account and finance management, some billing…

    This type of software infrastructure is a key differentiator between your traditional data center. The old one requires every environment to be re-engineered, the new one is based on standard configurations. The old one was a black box when it came to costs, the new one has clear pricing.

    The old approach takes months to get a server in production, the new one minutes. But you can’t do that by filling out excel spreadsheets, going through change management, etc, etc. You really need a whole service catalog and lifecycle management system analogous to your e-commerce catalog and your Product Life Cycle management.

    Rodrigo Flores
    CTO, newSCale
    http://www.newscale.com

  4. Cloud computing makes sense in a corporate environment, behind firewalls. It will definitely save loads on hardware as well as dedicated software licenses for the individual boxes. When we look at the greater whole I personally am not prepared to put my data out there, somewhere…..where I have no control over security and anything could happen. The big brother society we inhabit would like everything to go into a common cloud, as it would be very easy to identify poetential “undesirables”. I’ll stick to being the keeper of my own data, but will watch developments in this field with interest, as IBM is bound to make some serious inroads as well as coming up with innovative solutions.

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