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IBM Brings Silver Lining To Cloud Computing Revolution

So IBM joined the Cloud computing bandwagon, the biggest thing that happened since Oracle's and Larry Ellison's Network Computer and will push a third way, somewhere between Google's pie-in-the-sky Cloud venture and the traditional desktop based legacy application platform.

Big Blue's Frankencloud is quite close to what Microsoft has in mind and should help businesses and companies roll out cloud computing quicker since existing infrastructure will possibly be used as highlighted by IBM.

The latter's strategy will comprise of four major features which dovetail nicely into each other: the ability for IBM to deliver its own cloud services, empowering ISVs by helping them design, build, deliver and market cloud services to their clients and helping those clients integrate cloud services into their own business and henceforth, providing full cloud computing environments to the businesses.

And IBM is keen to highlight the most important difference between itself and other competitors on the market. Big Blue wants to help its prospective customers become retailers themselves, helping them run cloud services internally.

Willy Chiu, IBM's vice president of high performance on-demand solutions said that Cloud computing is the natural evolution for IBM, which in a sense is true, given Big Blue's commitment to turning applications into services.

"Our customers", Chiu continued, "are looking for ways to lower their costs... and we want to give them the ability to use large computing capacity without having to install all of the equipment." That's what utility computing, epitomised by Amazon's EC2 solution, is all about.

IBM also launched a new business social networking service called Bluehouse that some liken to a Linkedin on Steroids (opens in new tab). Interestingly with the resurgence of Unyte and other Lotus offshots (like Symphony or Quickr), IBM is slowly building a compelling business offering that could possibly match what Microsoft offers in terms of collaborative platform.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.