IBM Corp. launched Monday a range of new cloud services designed for the enterprise that are based on SoftLayer infrastructure. A year after its US$2 billion acquisition, SoftLayer has become the driving force behind IBM’s rapid acceleration to cloud leadership.
With big data creating demand for cloud, SoftLayer will play a key role in delivering IBM’s data and analytics portfolio to clients faster, more effectively and efficiently.
IBM’s cloud revenue went up more than 50 percent in IBM’s first quarter. For cloud delivered as a service, first-quarter annual run rate of $2.3 billion doubled year to year.
IBM’s CEO Ginni Rometty said in April that the company had continued to take actions to transform parts of the business, and to shift aggressively to its strategic growth areas, including cloud, big data analytics, social, mobile and security.
“As we move through 2014, we will begin to see the benefits from these actions,” Rometty said. Over the long term, they will position us to drive growth and higher value for our clients.”
IBM will make available via the Bluemix developer platform and IBM marketplace the Watson Engagement Advisor on SoftLayer which allows organizations to gain timely and actionable insights from big data, transforming the client experience through natural conversational interactions with system that get smarter with use.
Running on IBM’s POWER8 processor, IBM Power Systems integrated into SoftLayer’s infrastructure will handle big data, analytics and cognitive requirements in the cloud with unprecedented speed.
Watson Developer Cloud on Softlayer allows access for third party developers, entrepreneurs, academics, and system integrators looking to harness Watson’s cognitive capabilities in the products and services they bring to market.
IBM is now providing over 300 services within the IBM cloud marketplace that is based on SoftLayer. This includes data and analytics and SoftLayer offerings such as the IBM multi-enterprise Relationship Management SaaS that connects and manages shared business processes across a variety of communities, Time Series Database that connects applications to the Internet of Things and Analytics Warehouse which provides an agile platform for data warehousing and analytics.
Aspera high-speed transfer technology is now also available on SoftLayer which allows users to move large unstructured and structured data with maximum speed and security, regardless of data size, distance or network conditions.
IBM also unveiled new software defined storage-as-a-service on IBM SoftLayer, code named Elastic Storage on Cloud, to give organizations access to a fully-supported, ready-to-run storage environment, which includes SoftLayer bare metal resources and high performance data management and allows organizations to move data between their on-premise infrastructure and the cloud.
Elastic Storage on Cloud is optimized for technical computing and analytics workloads, providing more storage capability in a more cost-effective way. Organizations can now easily meet sudden spikes in storage demands without needing to purchase or manage in-house infrastructure.
With on-demand access to Elastic Storage resources, organizations working on high performance computing and analytics such as seismic data processing, credit risk management and financial analysis, weather modeling, genomics and scientific research are able to quickly adapt to changing business needs and get their products or research out of the door faster.
Elastic Storage on Cloud is available starting Tuesday. With pricing starting at $13,735 per 100 TB per month and includes software licenses, SoftLayer infrastructure and full support.
SoftLayer also expanded hourly billing for bare-metal servers bringing critical pay-as-you-go benefits of virtual server consumption to dedicated resources. Bare metal servers provide the increased performance and privacy that many enterprises desire.
IBM Cloud Modular management is a fully automated service management system to help companies to govern new cloud application environments. IBM Cloud Modular management enables companies with the choice and flexibility to pick the services they want to manage on their own or have IBM manage for them.
Jumpgate from SoftLayer will also play a key role in helping businesses build their own hybrid cloud environments. Jumpgate allows for interoperability between clouds by providing compatibility between the OpenStack API and a provider’s proprietary API.