SoftLayer integrates IBM Power Systems into its cloud infrastructure
Business demands require infrastructures that can take advantage of and support big data work on the cloud. These environments must be secure, provide outstanding utilization and be available. However, they must also be open to leverage the services and opportunities that cloud offers.
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As a proven, open platform, Power Systems provides investment longevity and viability. It helps deliver superior cloud economics with higher utilization and performance capabilities, as well as its ability to scale. The robust security built into the foundation of Power Systems also delivers the confidence required to move more workloads to the cloud.
SoftLayer CEO Lance Crosby said,
“The performance and efficiencies inherent in Power Systems are a real game-changer – particularly when it comes to building out modern, adaptable cloud environments that can handle the next level of big data coming our way. The combination of SoftLayer and Power Systems will allow us to take cloud computing to a new level, providing customers with services they hadn’t thought were possible.”
SoftLayer’s first service built on Power Systems will be Watson solutions in the second quarter of 2014. A preliminary set of additional planned SoftLayer cloud offerings leveraging Power Systems include Software as a Service (a wide range of data services optimized on Power Systems) and Infrastructure as a Service (bare metal Power Systems will eventually be offered to clients as an on-demand infrastructure platform).
This announcement will deliver a level and breadth of services beyond what has traditionally been available over the cloud. Businesses will not only be able to capitalize on the currency of data by finding insights faster and more efficiently, but they’ll gain the elasticity required to handle the variety of today’s business demands.
Douglas (Doug) Balog, General Manager, Power Systems, is responsible for IBM’s worldwide Power server business and the IBM Power System franchise. Doug is also a member of IBM’s Performance Team (PT) and Strategy Team (ST), which focus respectively on tactical execution and the strategic direction for the IBM enterprise. Doug has been part of IBM’s Systems and Technology group for 30 years with product development leadership and brand leadership roles across System z, System x, BladeCenter, System Storage and now Power Systems. During that time, he has led major portfolio transformations across all of these brands to better align with clients’ needs and the market shifts.