IBM has announced a new initiative, Blue Cloud (opens in new tab), that will allow its customers to benefit from Cloud systems.
These are large number of servers that are connected by a backbone and which can be used to provide with computing power on demand.
According to IBM, it is can be regarded “as series of cloud computing offerings” which will allow data centres to behave “more like the internet by enabling computing across a distributed, globally accessible fabric of resources”.
Essentially, the concept of IBM's Blue Cloud systems is reminiscent of other similar solutions like Grid computing or Amazon Elastic Computing Cloud. (opens in new tab)
By outsourcing their data centres needs to the Blue Cloud, companies will no longer have to dedicate substantial resources to housing, building and maintaining their data centres or to worry about space, cooling or power consumption.
IBM's move underlies a definite trend that represents a paradigm shift in how computing is evolving; from single separate processing nodes to a sea of interwoven nodes with virtualisation technologies and the idea of utility (or pay on usage) central to the concept.
The exponential increase in computing power means that servers stand idle most of the time with on average only 10 percent of their capacity used.
IBM plans to offer the necessary tools and advises for customers - arguably large corporations and governments - who would like to implement cloud computing strategies within their own companies in a bid to cut costs and improve efficiency.