The journey to cloud, part 1: beginnings


Editor’s Note: This is the first of a three part series, detailing the continuous journey of the infrastructure evolution from virtual to cloud, together with IBM.

Today, Smarter Computing is a value proposition and offering for the Smarter Planet idea and scenario. Smarter computing provides the IT infrastructure that enables a smarter planet, and cloud computing is one of its three pillars.

The Journey to Cloud ComputingWhat has been the IBM journey to cloud? What reasons, steps and actions has IBM provided to customers and operators to make this journey happen? In this three-part series, I will outline the IBM journey to cloud. Part 1 discusses the beginning of this journey at the start of the twenty-first century. Part 2 will focus on the second major step, grid computing. And part 3 will follow this evolution to where we are today in cloud computing.

Stage 1: How did the journey to cloud start?

At the beginning of the year 2000 we started talking about Application Service Providers (ASPs) and began to prepare a revolutionary model to meet the customer and market needs. Companies needed an efficient IT infrastructure to support business-critical applications. They were looking for a solution, a place to decide where their systems and business processes could be deployed to meet the highest service levels defined by their business units. In addition, the solution through ASPs could be adapted to handle every new business opportunity—having a more dynamic infrastructure and selecting the right systems and software to enable businesses to move with agility and speed.

IBM was able to offer world-class performance plus dynamic infrastructure flexibility, with the opportunity to lower monthly operations costs, and IBM provided this infrastructure offering to many of the ASP operators from the year 2000 onward. Some of its benefits included:

  • Integrating a trusted combination of relational database, security, web services, networking and storage management capabilities
  • Providing a broad and highly stable database and middleware foundation for efficiently deploying business processing applications, with support for over 5,000 solutions from over 2,500 independent software vendors, and offering these solutions through an extensive, highly skilled worldwide network of IBM business partners that were backed by IBM’s trusted services and support infrastructure

Theoretical Consideration 1: Most of the above terms and considerations are the same as what we see today!

To learn more about IBM and cloud, stay tuned to the Smarter Computing blog for part 2 and part 3 of my “The journey to cloud” series and check out the Smarter Computing Cloud page.

Leone Branca Leone has over 30 years experience with IBM, mainly focusing on STG sales and bringing new and emerging technologies to the European market. You can find Leone on Twitter: @Lb001Lion

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