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IBM Delivers Sweeping Cloud Capabilities and Services Building off a Strong Tivoli Foundation
Date: 12/03/2011 Length: 3 pages Cost: $25.00

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October 12, 2011: IBM announced what it described as "the industry's most advanced cloud services and software designed from the ground up for enterprise clients." The announcement was impressive in its breadth and versatility of directions, all the more as it built upon some strong foundations in software, hardware and services and a prior history in accelerating cloud deployments. IBM also stated that it intended to support nearly 200 million users by the end of 2012.  

IBM targeted three distinct initiatives in the October announcement:

- IBM SmartCloud Foundation -- focused on new software capabilities for provisioning and monitoring internal cloud-related services
- IBM SmartCloud Application Services -- essentially a platform-as-a-service capability targeted at applications development, Q/A test and Dev/Ops requirements in order to help accelerate the more effective deployment of new, or enhanced application services
- IBM SmartCloud Ecosystem -- targeted at IBM partners and ISVs with small and medium business clients with a strong focus on verticals-specific requirements such as banking, healthcare and government

Dennis Drogseth

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