IBM Unveils New Hybrid Cloud Solution for the Enterprise

IBM announced a new hybrid cloud solution - building on its acquisition of Cast Iron - to help clients reduce the time it takes to connect, manage and secure public and private clouds. With new integration and management capabilities, organizations of all sizes will be able to gain greater visibility, control and automation into their assets and computing environments, regardless of where they reside.

The solution, IBM SmartCloud, will build upon IBM Tivoli's cloud management software and extend those capabilities to its application and data integration technology. Features include control and management resources, with capabilities that will define policies, quotas, limits, monitoring and performance rules for the public cloud in the same way as on-premise resources. This provides public cloud resources through a single-service catalog - enabling IT staff to govern the access and the usage of this information in a simplified, efficient and secure way.

"As the hybrid cloud model is emerging as a strategic means to quickly unlock business value from data sources, IBM is making it enterprise-ready with the best monitoring, governance and security tools available," says Robert LeBlanc, senior vice president, middleware software for IBM. "IBM's new solution will expedite and secure this process to help clients of all sizes access key business applications securely, no matter where they reside."

IBM also says its monitoring, provisioning and integration capabilities allow its hybrid cloud to support "cloud bursting," which is the dynamic relocation of workloads from private environments to public clouds during peak times. IBM's technical and business policies control this sophisticated data integration.

More information about Tivoli cloud software is available from IBM.