IBM Beefs Up SmartCloud Offerings

IBM has announced new software to beef up its SmartCloud line of management and monitoring tools for cloud deployments. IBM's new SmartCloud Foundation offerings enable organizations to install, manage, configure and automate the creation of cloud services in private, public or hybrid environments with enhanced levels of control, the vendor says.

A new offering, IBM SmartCloud Control Desk, provides organizations the ability to maintain configuration integrity in response to planned changes and unplanned incidents and problems occurring across a complex IT landscape to ensure continuity of service, speed of response, and efficiency of management. 

IBM Endpoint Manager for Mobile Devices is intended to help firms better manage and secure their mobile environments, including iPhone, iPad, Android-based phones and tablets, Windows Phone and Nokia Symbian devices. The toolset is designed to help administrators remotely set policies, monitor employees' devices to identify potential data compromise and wipe data off the devices if they are lost or stolen. 

IBM SmartCloud Monitoring helps cloud administrators to maximize cloud availability and utilization by monitoring virtual infrastructures and applying analytics to optimize workload placement. IBM SmartCloud Virtual Storage Center is intended to improve the flexibility, cost, utilization and performance of storage with automated administration, management and provisioning controls.

IBM says it will be releasing new capabilities with IBM SmartCloud Continuous Delivery. The new software is a suite of best practice patterns for enabling integrated lifecycle management of cloud services, combining Rational Collaborative Lifecycle Management solutions with IBM SmartCloud Provisioning. The recent Green Hat acquisition will further extend these capabilities reducing development lifecycle times by streamlining test cycles as applications are transitioned to cloud deployments.

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