IBM makes cloud services based on open standards
‘Big Blue’ unveils new open software to help companies unlock cloud opportunities
IBM has announced that its cloud services and software will be based on open cloud architecture, a move the software maker says will ensure that innovation in cloud computing is not hampered by locking businesses into proprietary islands of unsecured and difficult-to-manage offerings.
IBM says without industry-wide open standards for cloud computing, businesses will not be able to fully take advantage of the opportunities associated with interconnected data, such as mobile computing and big data.
The vendor says it has unveiled the new cloud offerings based on open cloud standards, including OpenStack, that significantly speeds and simplifies managing an enterprise-grade cloud. The company also stated that for the first time, businesses have a core set of open source-based technologies to build enterprise-class cloud services that can be ported across hybrid cloud environments.
"History has shown that standards and open source are hugely beneficial to end customers and are a major catalyst for innovation," said Robert LeBlanc, IBM senior vice president of software. "Just as standards and open source revolutionised the Web and Linux, they will also have a tremendous impact on cloud computing. IBM has been at the forefront of championing standards and open source for years, and we are doing it again for cloud computing. The winner here will be customers, who will not find themselves locked into any one vendor - but be free to choose the best platform based on the best set of capabilities that meet their needs."