IBM Updates Cloud Services on Heels of SoftLayer Buy

After IBM shelled out US$ 2 billion for cloud computing vendor SoftLayer, the company has begun updating its existing cloud and big data offerings within its PureSystems segment of products.


PureSystems is part of the IBM SmartCloud, the company's PaaS application service. Building cloud applications with a company like IBM means all the needed tools are already in place, and that's exactly what SmartCloud is touted as.

Where the PureSystems server line comes into play specifically is in helping to align both software and hardware needs in a cloud deployment model. This integrated system is the kind of all in one tool enterprise companies are known for, but cloud technology moves pretty fast as we've seen with the SoftLayer buy. In fact, one of the announcements made concurrently with the SoftLayer news was that IBM is creating something called the Cloud Services Division.

This will be the new home for SmartCloud, and presumably PureSystems as well. But for now, IBM is updating some PureSystems tools to optimize analytics, and allowing for more seamless application building in the cloud. PureFlex for Cloud Backup and Recovery has been added to the PureSystems portfolio, and it is said to be able to recover data after a site disaster in just minutes.

IBM also announced its Mobile Application Platform Pattern as a way to launch mobile offerings in under an hour, and Connections Pattern, a way deploy social business tools on PureSystems.

Storage + Analytics

IBM has added extra storage capabilities within its Storwize V7000 and XIV systems, and included an added ability for XIV clients to send large data volumes through the cloud without losing performance. Other storage upgrades include an Easy Tier technology that automatically selects which storage teir to move data to, and the abiltiy to cache the most frequently accessed data.

Additionally, the IBM Tivoli Storage Manager now includes a suppossedly less complex dashboard to help manage backups. The ability to monitor systems with any browser enabled device is part of this update, one more way for mobile admins to check in on their systems. 

On the analytics side, the Power Systems line has expanded with added packaged tools for the healthcare and retail industries. These are specialized systems for those specific industries, and the tools include predictive analytics and scoring and optimization tools, for example.