At an IBM Cloud Forum event in San Francisco, Big Blue announced several new cloud-computing initiatives, including new workload-deployment technology.
The new IBM Workload Deployer, announced April 7, is a hardware appliance that provides access to IBM middleware virtual images and patterns to easily, quickly and repeatedly create application environments that can be securely deployed and managed in a private cloud. The IBM Workload Deployer was previously known as WebSphere CloudBurst Appliance.
IBM officials claim the company led the market with the first private-cloud development platform, the IBM WebSphere CloudBurst appliance, which was designed to deploy business applications based on IBM middleware into the cloud. The IBM Workload Deployer extends this experience to production environments with new workload-management and elastic runtime capabilities.
IBM has helped thousands of clients adopt cloud models and manage millions of cloud-based transactions every day--in areas as diverse as banking, communications, health care and government--and securely tap into IBM cloud-based business and infrastructure services, the company said.
The IBM Workload Deployer has new features and functions that enhance its cost-saving benefits for clients and make deployment of on-premise cloud environments even easier, IBM said. IBM will demonstrate the new offering for more than 8,000 customers and partners during the IBM Impact 2011 show in Las Vegas April 10 to 15.
IBM officials said the company now provides a single platform to enable users to provision all the middleware and application components they need to run Web workloads in the cloud across multiple systems or hypervisors in a simple and repeatable fashion. This will allow businesses to respond quickly to new requests for services from their customers.
For more, read the eWEEK article: IBM Launches Workload Deployer Private-Cloud Appliance.