IBM Uses Amazon To Leapfrog Microsoft On The Way To The Blue Cloud

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IBM is advancing its aggressive cloud computing strategy with a string of announcements this week. The most recent was IBM’s partnership with Amazon Web Services to allow access of its software to solution providers using Amazon’s cloud computing applications. The partnerships offers pay-as-you-go access to development and production versions of IBM Information Management database servers, IBM Lotus content management, and IBM WebSphere portal and middleware products through Amazon’s EC2 cloud computing service. The partnership makes sense because Amazon has been an early leader in the cloud computing sphere, and IBM is making strides towards becoming the master of cloud computing. Microsoft is readying its own cloud-computing software service, Windows Azure, that will allow developers to create services and applications that are supported by Microsoft’s data centers.

IBM is also providing free Amazon Machine Images of its software applications for development and test purposes, in an effort to enable software developers to quickly build applications based on IBM software within Amazon EC2. IBM also said that its Tivoli service management software will be used on Amazon EC2 to help clients control the infrastructures in the cloud computing sphere.

Amazon expanded on the reasoning behind this deal on its Web Services blog:

“Existing IBM customers can use the licenses they’ve already bought while still taking advantage of the elastic nature of AWS to handle spikes and peaks. These licenses retain their value and can be used to handle steady state processing needs, with more licenses available (on an hourly basis) in the cloud for peak times. This clean and innovative new model should clear up some of the uncertainty which can cause potential users to think twice before jumping in to cloud computing. “

So the implication here is that IBM is using Amazon as supplier to play in the cloud computing sphere and is also pricing the transition so that it is easy for existing customers to switch to cloud computing. IBM has been making aggressive moves towards making its mark in the cloud computing sphere, including its recent partnership with Juniper Networks to offer cloud computing services to IBM clients, which we reported on earlier this week. For more information on cloud computing, please join TechCrunch and TechCrunchIT for a round table discussion and meeting on cloud computing on February 27, 2009.

  • http://www.retailzip.com William Blanchard

    IBM move to the cloud is huge and help companies like us convince enterprise clients that the cloud is the way to go.

    But..

    IBM did not leapfrog Microsoft as they have offered their Server EC2 instances for a few months now: http://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/whats-new/2008/10/23/amazon-ec2-running-windows-server-now-available/

  • http://www.retailzip.com William Blanchard

    IBM move to the cloud is huge and help companies like us convince enterprise clients that the cloud is the way to go.

    But..

    IBM did not leapfrog Microsoft as they have offered their Server EC2 instances for a few months now: http://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/whats-new/2008/10/23/amazon-ec2-running-windows-server-now-available/

  • http://www.thepalermoproject.com/cloud-computing Rahul

    It is really impressive to see that IBM is rapidly expanding its cloud computing offerings. In these tough economic conditions, there will be a pressure on IT departments to rationalize costs. Cloud computing coupled with SaaS promises to be a strong and economical alternative to the traditional model where companies have to make huge investments in servers and fixed software licenses.

  • http://www.thepalermoproject.com/cloud-computing Rahul

    It is really impressive to see that IBM is rapidly expanding its cloud computing offerings. In these tough economic conditions, there will be a pressure on IT departments to rationalize costs. Cloud computing coupled with SaaS promises to be a strong and economical alternative to the traditional model where companies have to make huge investments in servers and fixed software licenses.

  • http://thetimkid.com theTimKid

    Excellent! Was just going thru the steps to move our application to the Cloud…

  • http://thetimkid.com theTimKid

    Excellent! Was just going thru the steps to move our application to the Cloud…

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Matteo_Sutto/7945912 Matteo Sutto

    excellent

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Matteo_Sutto/7945912 Matteo Sutto

    excellent

  • http://www.leafmedium.com Will Tran

    Microsoft has no set pricing on their cloud. Shady.

  • http://www.leafmedium.com Will Tran

    Microsoft has no set pricing on their cloud. Shady.

  • TCCritic

    Who cares about the clouds when we’re together? Just sing a song and bring the sunny weather.

  • TCCritic

    Who cares about the clouds when we’re together? Just sing a song and bring the sunny weather.

  • http://www.kachwanya.com kachwanya

    With cloud computing, sky is no longer the limit

  • http://www.kachwanya.com kachwanya

    With cloud computing, sky is no longer the limit

  • ab

    IBM’s logo is one of the reasons that I despise their computers.

  • ab

    IBM’s logo is one of the reasons that I despise their computers.

  • ab

    or should I say, thier style. why do they have to make everything so boxy? are all IBM staff baby boomers?

  • ab

    or should I say, thier style. why do they have to make everything so boxy? are all IBM staff baby boomers?

  • http://oakleafblog.blogspot.com Roger Jennings

    I don’t believe IBM has “leapfrogged” MSFT with this offering. Amazon offers AMIs for multiple Windows Server 2003/SQL Server 2005 instances. MSFT offers SharePoint Services, Exchange Services, and Dynamics CRM Services running under Windows Azure.

    –rj

  • http://oakleafblog.blogspot.com Roger Jennings

    I don’t believe IBM has “leapfrogged” MSFT with this offering. Amazon offers AMIs for multiple Windows Server 2003/SQL Server 2005 instances. MSFT offers SharePoint Services, Exchange Services, and Dynamics CRM Services running under Windows Azure.

    –rj

  • http://www.vauman.com Tombul

    I love AWS. Cloud computing is the future.

  • http://www.vauman.com Tombul

    I love AWS. Cloud computing is the future.

  • KTG

    IBM is one of the few old and aging businesses still doing new things and making money in difficult times. They just had a great quarter and shocked wall street, especially with their exposure to financial services. This cloud computing deal reinforces they are making the right moves. I have heard some data horror stories lately though on this topic. http://www.justaskgemalto.com covers data/security issues thoroughly.

  • KTG

    IBM is one of the few old and aging businesses still doing new things and making money in difficult times. They just had a great quarter and shocked wall street, especially with their exposure to financial services. This cloud computing deal reinforces they are making the right moves. I have heard some data horror stories lately though on this topic. http://www.justaskgemalto.com covers data/security issues thoroughly.

  • http://www.LEADSExplorer.com Engago Team

    Seems AWS is leader of the gang.
    If AWS succeeds, then Amazon has re-invented themselves and will become a major company.

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