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IBM Launches Services to Push 'New Paradigm' of Clouds

IBM thinks that much of the current information infrastructure is "maxed out." So the company today launched a set of consulting services to educate businesses on the benefits of cloud computing and help them design and deploy the technology through the use of private and public clouds. It also announced plans to launch a service to validate the resilience of cloud computing infrastructures, providing the equivalent of a "Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval" for service providers and private in-house clouds.

"The information infrastructures we have sitting inside of our data centers are maxed out. They were designed with a certain model in mind," Brian Reagan, director of strategy and portfolio management in the Business Continuity and Resiliency division of IBM, tells Byte and Switch. "They were not designed to handle the meteoric growth in computing and storage that we are seeing year after year. We need to bring new models to bear to keep up with that."

Specifically, IBM introduced business consulting services for cloud computing, technology consulting, design and implementation services, and a validation service to test the resilience of cloud infrastructures. The first two are aimed mainly at businesses, while the third is expected to be used mainly by service providers.

Calling cloud services a "new paradigm," Reagan says a growing number of IBM's clients have been asking how to take full advantage of it, how to deal with issues of availability and security, and how to get started. "The cloud represents a very important evolution of storage and computing, and we are in the best position to bring it to the enterprise," he claims.

He says IBM's business consultants will help clients develop and define a strategy for making use of cloud services, while the technology consultants will help them design, deploy, and, in some cases, manage the infrastructure. "We're going to offer the full value chain of business-oriented services that will lead to technology services that really deliver value."

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