IBM lifts Power Systems into the cloud

“We have three big bets,” said Virgina “Ginni” R ometty at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona . And one of those big bets is cloud computing. Only a few days ago, IBM had announced with the project BlueMix that the entire middleware portfolio will be available in the future via the softlayer cloud, for observers the most important step IBM has taken towards the cloud. And it’s exactly in this cloud that Rometty sees a “change of direction” and a “big deal” and maybe it’s also the next blockbuster that awaits blogger Heinz Paul Bonn from IBM .

In addition, IBM relies on the processing of large amounts of data and on the analysis of (large) data. In the latter case, the self-learning technology Watson will probably play a significant role. A competition announced at the MWC will also generate new ideas for Watson .

IBM did not sell the server division on a whim. And in the long run, the trend is likely to continue with fewer companies sourcing servers from Unix. According to the latest figures from Gartner , IBM loses more than a quarter of its market share in the fourth quarter of 2013 compared to the same period last year. According to Gartner, server revenues are shrinking for the tenth consecutive quarter. The question of whether this development is due to a continued weak economy, or whether there is a general trend here, IBM seems to have already long since answered.

Without raising much publicity , IBM announced that it would integrate its own power systems into the softlayer services . “This will enable a breadth and depth of services that is far beyond what has been traditionally available through the cloud,” says IBM. In addition, new services and tools will help companies build hybrid and private cloud environments.

As of the second quarter of 2014, IBM will offer the power systems as Infrastructure-as-a-Service. Businesses can leverage bare-metal power systems as an on-demand infrastructure platform.

But that’s not all: Power Systems can be used to implement performance-hungry big data projects, for example. IBM also provides the tools for collection and evaluation as a service.

As one of the first services IBM introduces a Watson solution. This includes Watson Discovery Advisor, Watson Engagement Advisor, and the Watson Development Cloud. This Watson Development Cloud is a platform-as-a-service that provides technology, tools, SDKs, and APIs for developing cognitive applications.

Of course, cognitive solutions also need data and IBM wants to provide data services on the power systems. In addition to the IBM DB2 BLU, additional analytics solutions from IBM’s Cognos portfolio are also planned. With the IBM Platform Computing cloud service, IBM also provides the appropriate management tools, enabling the transition to a hybrid cloud implementation.

“Power Systems performance and efficiency is a real game changer – especially when it comes to building modern, adaptive cloud environments that are ready for the next stage of big data,” said Lance Crosby, IBM Softlayer CEO. The combination of softlayer and Power Systems makes services possible that were previously considered impossible.

IBM is investing billions in sales from the server business to Lenovo in other cloud initiatives, including the BlueMix Platform-as-a-Service initiative , which bridges the gap between transactional backend business applications and Web-based front-end solutions “Suggests. The DevOps development platform also brings IBM to the cloud. With the acquisition of Cloudant , IBM also secures a cloud provider for a NoSQL database based on CouchDB and JSON.

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