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IBM Offers New Hybrid Cloud Solution Using Cast Iron, Tivoli

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Security and integration are two of the biggest challengesof cloud computing. They drive many enterprises to manage their most sensitiveassets internally -- creating a complex portfolio of systems spanning public andprivate clouds. IBM wants to make the complexity a little easier to manage.

IBM Simplifies the Hybrid Cloud

IBM has announced a new hybrid cloud solution designed toreduce thetime and challenge of connecting, managing and securing public and private clouds. The new solution leverages the application and dataintegrationIBM acquired from Cast Iron and the company’s Tivoli cloudmanagement software.

The new solution provides a number of features:

  • Ability to define policies, quotas, limits,monitoring andperformance rules for public and private clouds using a single interface
  • Synchronization of user directories betweenon-premise and cloud applications
  • Application integration using configuration
  • Dynamic reallocation of resources to heavyworkloads -- cloud bursting

IBM’s focus on hybrid clouds is smart. As the cloud marketmatures, asignificant number of companies are embracing cloud technology, but are doing it as a mix of public and on-premises solutions. According to analysts at GigaOM, 39% of respondents to their “Future of CloudComputingSurvey” indicated that the hybrid cloud is part of theirtechnology strategy.

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Hybrid Challenges Remain

Although the model has a number of well documented benefits,hybridclouds introduce significant challenges. Organizations have to share information between systems in the on-premise cloud and applicationshosted asservices in the public cloud, and in many cases thatinformation is constantlychanging.

They also have to manage an oftencomplicated mix of policies,permissions and limits that should be thesame across both environments. Giventhe complexity that hybrid cloudsbring, solutions like IBM’s new Cast Ironoffering will continue toemerge.

IBM’s new solution is targeted at business of all sizes and is availablenow.

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