IBM unveils web-like datacentre initiative


IBM unveils web-like datacentre initiative

Antony Savvas

IBM has unveiled plans for "Blue Cloud," a series of cloud computing offerings that will allow corporate datacentres to operate more like the internet.

The idea is that datacentres will enable computing across a distributed, globally accessible fabric of resources, rather than on local machines or remote server farms, said IBM.

Blue Cloud is built on open standards and open source software supported by IBM software, systems technology and services.

IBM is currently collaborating on cloud computing initiatives with select corporations, universities, internet-based enterprises and government agencies, including the Vietnamese Ministry of Science and Technology, which this week announced a cloud computing project with IBM.

IBM's first Blue Cloud offerings are expected to be available to customers in the spring of 2008, supporting systems with IBM Power and generic x86 processors.

At an event in Shanghai this week, IBM demonstrated how cloud computing technologies, running on IBM BladeCenters with Power and x86 processors and Tivoli service management software, dynamically provision and allocate resources as workloads fluctuate for an application.

IBM also expects to offer a System z "mainframe" cloud environment in 2008, taking advantage of a very large number of virtual machines supported by System z.

IBM also plans to offer a cloud environment based on highly dense rack clusters.

Blue Cloud will include Xen and PowerVM virtualised Linux operating system images and Hadoop parallel workload scheduling. Blue Cloud is also supported by IBM Tivoli software that manages servers to ensure optimal performance based on demand.

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