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Hybrid cloud improves enterprise asset management

Posted: 13 Sep 2011 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:hybrid cloud? cloud computing? public cloud?

IBM Corp. has unveiled an enterprise hybrid cloud solution that will allow organizations to integrate all on-and-off premise resources. According to the company, the WebSphere Cast Iron cuts the time needed to connect, manage and secure public and private clouds. The hybrid cloud gives clients greater visibility, control and automation into their resources.

More organizations are considering the scale and flexibility of public cloud, but are concerned about losing control of resources. This is causing organizations to embrace a hybrid cloud model where they can easily manage resources in-house, while using other applications externally as a service.

According to industry analysts, 39 percent of cloud users report that the hybrid cloud is part of their strategy, expected to grow to 61 percent in the near future. This is the result of both private and public cloud users evolving toward the use of a hybrid strategy.

As businesses adopt a cloud computing model, they are faced with integrating existing on-premise software such as Customer Relationship Management (CRM), Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and homegrown applications, while managing their usage and security. Handling the complexities within and between such hybrid environments is essential to effective enterprise use of software-as-a service (SaaS), according to Saugatuck Technology.

To address this challenge, IBM is expanding its SmartCloud portfolio with new hybrid cloud technology. The solution will build upon IBM Tivoli's cloud management software and extend those capabilities to the application and data integration technology from its Cast Iron acquisition.

The company's cloud solutions boast of new capabilities that will define policies, quotas, limits, monitoring and performance rules for the public cloud in the same way as on-premise resources. This allows users to access public cloud resources through a single-service catalog, enabling IT staff to govern the access and use of information in a simplified, efficient and secure way.

In terms of security, IBM enables better control of users' access by synching directories of on-premise and cloud applications. The automated synchronization allows users entry to the information they are authorized to access.

Using a simplified 'configuration, not coding' approach to application integration, the software combines connectivity with applications to provide best-practices for rapid and repeatable project success. With regard to dynamic provisioning, IBM's capabilities will allow its hybrid cloud to support 'cloud bursting,' which is the dynamic relocation of workloads from private environments to public clouds during peak times. IBM's technical and business policies control this sophisticated data integration.

"As the hybrid cloud model is emerging as a strategic means to quickly unlock business value from data sources, IBM is making it enterprise-ready with the best monitoring, governance and security tools available," noted Robert LeBlanc, senior VP, middleware software, IBM. "IBM's new solution will expedite and secure this process to help clients of all sizes access key business applications securely, no matter where they reside."





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