IBM Study Spotlights Big Data as Top Reason to Deploy Cloud “Platform as a Service”

Information Technology Press Releases Tuesday December 25, 2012 11:48
Bangkok--25 Dec--IBM
IBM launches new PaaS Cloud offering

In a world awash in data, where complexity is on the rise and the pace of innovation has never been faster, the need to streamline new application development is driving demand for a relatively new form of cloud computing known as Platform as a Service (PaaS). This was the finding of a new study released today by the IBM (NYSE: IBM) Center for Applied Insights. In response, IBM is today announcing a new PaaS offering to help organizations build and deploy their own software applications quickly and effectively by renting IBM's PaaS cloud computing platform of integrated middleware, monitoring, networks, servers and storage.

IBM Launches its Cloud Platform as a Service, IBM SmartCloud Application Services

As part of SmartCloud Application Services, IBM has built expertise into a set of common services and pre-integrated patterns, which accelerate the development and delivery of new applications, eliminate manual errors, and drive consistent results. These application patterns are deployable into a public cloud with IBM SmartCloud Enterprise, or a private cloud with the IBM PureApplication System or via IBM Workload Deployer. Because no two applications' requirements are the same, these customizable and portable patterns give clients flexibility and control over their application deployment.

IBM’s survey of more than 1,500 IT decision makers from 18 countries found that forward looking IT leaders are blazing the trail with early adoption of PaaS for business advantage – citing big data as the #1 reason amongst several strategic initiatives they were targeting. The study also showed that nearly 20 percent of respondents are currently using PaaS, although more than half recognize the opportunity.

The study found that 49 percent of IT decision-makers see the strategic importance of PaaS as a way to drive innovation and improve the whole application lifecycle across the enterprise.[1] They are now contemplating using PaaS as a pragmatic approach to future expansion. They believe PaaS can drive greater differentiation and strategic impact for a business, by standardizing efforts for development, deployment, production and maintenance.

Business and technology leaders are beginning to seek out this new type of cloud computing to keep computing costs low and to expedite delivery of new products and services. Unlike other cloud computing services, such as Infrastructure as a Service and Software as a Service, PaaS uniquely offers a foundation of common application services, tools and templates for businesses to rent and build their own powerful software applications quickly and deploy them into an automated environment.

“Just as auto makers have used common platforms or chassis to manufacture their lines of cars more efficiently, PaaS allows organizations to standardize their IT platform and quickly introduce new competitive offerings," said Tanapong Ittisakulchai, Country Manager Global Technology Services IBM Thailand Co.Ltd. “IBM is focused on industrializing this cloud platform to drive business innovation around key enterprise applications.”

IBM's new PaaS cloud offering, SmartCloud Application Services, provides self-service, instant access to an application development suite of tools, middleware and databases, available via pattern-based technology.

To access the IBM PaaS research report, visit www.ibm.com/cai/paas
About the IBM Center for Applied Insights

The IBM Center for Applied Insights at http://www.ibm.com/smarter/cai/value introduces new ways of thinking, working and leading. Through evidence-based research, the Center arms leaders with pragmatic guidance and the case for change.

About IBM Cloud Computing

IBM has helped thousands of clients adopt cloud models and manages millions of cloud-based transactions every day. With cloud, IBM helps clients rethink their IT and reinvent their business. IBM assists clients in areas as diverse as banking, communications, healthcare and government to build their own clouds or securely tap into IBM cloud-based business and infrastructure services. IBM is unique in bringing together key cloud technologies, deep process knowledge, a broad portfolio of cloud solutions, and a network of global delivery centers. For more information about cloud offerings from IBM, visit http://www.ibm.com/smartcloud. Follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/ibmcloud and on our blog at http://www.thoughtsoncloud.com .


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