IBM launches cloud services

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IBM launches cloud services

IBM has unveiled new services designed to help customers evaluate, install, configure and deliver secure cloud computing inside the data centre, and protect against web-based threats.

The firm's business consulting services division will help organisations assess the total cost of ownership, and how best to manage and integrate the perfect balance of public and private clouds to achieve their business goals, according to IBM.

Big Blue's cloud computing technology services will help clients draw up a product roadmap for implementing cloud computing, including the configuring and testing of servers, storage and other relevant technologies.

The computing giant also aims to build security into its cloud computing services using its research and X-Force divisions, focusing on trusted virtual domains, and authentication and access control technologies.

"Cloud strategies need to be in line with business strategies," said Willy Chiu, vice president of high performance on-demand solutions at IBM. "Over the last year in our 13 cloud computing centres worldwide, we've worked with clients to understand how to help them take advantage of public and private clouds to get the best economics."

IBM also announced a validation programme for vendors delivering applications or services to clients in the cloud environment. This will make it easier for customers to identify the best providers, said IBM.
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