IBM Offers Developers Free Cloud Services for Development and Testing
Following the developmental environment trend, IBM (news, site) recently gave the green light on their own pair of public and private services targeted at building cloud applications.

The backbones of both the new releases are based on IBM's belief that "software projects simply haven’t delivered." They offer some icky numbers from unnamed companies' software projects as evidence:

  • 62% failed to meet their schedules
  • 49% suffered budget overruns
  • 41% failed to deliver on expected business value and ROI

"Businesses must deploy a more flexible and affordable infrastructure to optimize the business process of software delivery," claims IBM. And so, without further ado: 

Their Answer

Behind door number one is IBM Smart Business Development and Test on the IBM Cloud, a service hosted on IBM’s data centers. The free tool supports Java, .NET and Open Source environments.

Door number two reveals IBM Rational Software Delivery Services for Cloud Computing. This bundle of tools and services targets facets of the development and testing process such as agility, efficiency and integration. Additionally, pre-configured integrations of some of the Rational Services are available based on the Jazz framework, which integrates and synchronizes people, processes and assets associated with software development.

Hoping to set themselves apart from traditional development environments, IBM’s new services allow developers to log on to IBM Smart Business Development and Test on the IBM Cloud.

Said Dr. Daniel Sabbah, general manager, IBM Rational Software:

With more and more customers treating software as a strategic business asset, the combined value of the new offerings can help them gain the utmost value from their investments in IT across the application lifecycle.

To access the open beta for the IBM Smart Business Development and Test on the IBM Cloud, visit the developer site here. For more information on the beta of IBM Software Delivery Services for private cloud environments, you'll have to take it a step further and contact an IBM sales representative. For more information, head on over to IBM's Rational Software Services announcement site