IBM’s cloud computing venture is designed for businesses


If you’re currently evaluating potential cloud service providers you have no doubt already encountered what IBM has to offer. After all, IBM is currently one of the world’s foremost cloud vendors (they’ve pretty much been there from the start). SmartCloud, which purports to be both a part of IBM’s vision for cloud computing as well as a tree of service options, is currently making big waves in the business world.

What is it that SmartCloud is bringing to the table exactly, you may ask? Most of the core principles of the basic 3 types of cloud service offerings are covered under SmartCloud, those of course being: SaaS, PaaS, and SaaS. However, what makes SmartCloud different is its focus on specific elements or components of each service offering and how they assist, reinforce or promote the aims and objectives of their user(s). As you would expect, SmartCloud is more or less a living embodiment of the basic cloud infrastructure model: i.e. – a metered service based on usage and demand. What makes IBM’s service different from those of others is its size, scope and let’s say financial support structure. The simple fact of the matter is that running a cloud vendor service is both extremely costly as well as laborious, vast resources in a number of areas are required in order to assure stability, security and ongoing implementations of emerging technology. In other words, it is IBM’s overall stature, strength and reserves that make it one of the most obvious leading candidates for consideration as a first-call cloud vendor.   cloud computing designed for businesses

SmartCloud can be broken down into 3 main categories:

  1. Architecture for private and hybrid cloud
  2. Cloud computing as a service for IT
  3. SaaS business solutions

The first offering category, Architecture for private and hybrid clouds is principally geared toward those organizations that are just entering the cloud marketplace. By allowing businesses to access cloud infrastructure as well as various other application tools and hybridization, they might be able to more effectively build their own highly unique and functional cloud systems at their own pace.

Our second branch of cloud service offerings, Cloud computing as a service for IT, may come in the form of either PaaS or SaaS and is designed to appeal directly to a company’s IT division. Through cloud computing as a service for IT a business’ IT element can utilize IBM’s offerings as they choose. Designing, deploying, and managing cloud-based applications is much easier when your IT department has access to the offerings available under this service category. However, in order to capitalize on the perks of this particular branch (of cloud service offerings) one must also have an IT team in place with some form of cloud computing training / certification. If you’re looking for a thorough and affordable cloud computing group certification solution, this site has many attractive options available for you.    

Lastly, we have the third SmartCloud service branch, SaaS business solutions. As far as most businesses are / should be concerned, ‘SaaS business solutions’ is where the real action is. Under this branch of offerings businesses are invited to choose from a bevy of additional cloud-intensive services ranging from collaboration and management to analytics and marketing. Perhaps the easier way of describing what ‘SaaS business solutions’ has to offer would be to say that it enables organizations to utilize specific cloud technologies to further its agenda. For example, the various social-oriented technologies can be bundled together in order to increase an organization’s inter-office functionality (think: meetings, file sharing, email, etc…). This same socially oriented cloud technology can also be used to provide potential customers and guests with a better experience as well.

IBM’s digital marketing suite, Coremetrics, is also a potential service addition under the ‘SaaS business solutions’ heading. Adding Coremetrics allows organizations to both gather pertinent analytical data directly from customers as well as implement creative and custom solutions with regards to marketing. Likewise, with this marketing system in place a business can benefit from an extended strategy which combines many separate approaches (like data syndication, more refined product/content recommendations, highly-targeted email campaigns, and self-organizing marketing data / strategies).

Also included (as another potential component of ‘SaaS business solutions’) is BlueworksLive, which purports to be a better method for both organizing technologies as well as enacting company-wide change. One of the basic ideas behind this offering is the creation of a singular storage area in which all ongoing progress, processes, rules and work can be accessed. The idea here is that a great deal of time is routinely lost due to lack of documentation and/or availability of information. In other words, BlueworksLive is an offering designed to improve personnel efficiency by creating an improved system for organizing all manner of media, information and content.

Whichever of the three cloud service branches offered by IBM your organization chooses will be entirely dependent on its specific needs and available (supplementary) assets. However, this underscores the overall significance of IBM’s SmartCloud service, which is that it can more or less cover any business in any type of situation. In terms of dependability, security, implemented features, and ease of use, IBM’s SmartCloud is really one of the best cloud vendors out there. So what’s the bottom line? Whether your business organization is large or small, familiar or unfamiliar with cloud computing, IBM’s SmartCloud should be among your top choices if you’re seeking a cloud provider.

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