Introduced today (June 3), the on-demand solution promises to meet the stringent security and performance requirements of enterprise customers. It’ll enable mid-market and larger companies to use a Web-based portal to employ computing resources in the quantities and duration dictated by their business needs.
Today, vendors are increasingly offering cloud-based solutions to enterprise buyers. Of late, AT&T announced AT&T Synaptic Storage as a Service, a storage-on-demand offer. It aims to provide enterprise customers with control over the storage, distribution, and retrieval of their data from any location, anytime, using any Web-enabled device. (Read: AT&T Offering Cloud-based ‘Storage as a Service’)
Also, EDS, an HP Company, and Microsoft have agreed to jointly sell and deliver enterprise-class cloud communications and collaboration services. (Read: Cloud Attracts EDS, Microsoft)
And IBM has introduced an appliance to deliver enterprise cloud services. It’s claimed to be the first of its kind hardware plus new software to accelerate application deployment. (Read: Now an Appliance will Deliver Cloud Services)
While cloud computing is gaining momentum, IBM has gone a step further to introduce “stream computing.” The new “stream computing” software aims to enable massive amounts of data to be analyzed in real time, delivering fast, accurate insights to enable smarter business decision-making. The new software is called IBM System S. (Read: IBM Enjoying Clouds and Streams)
To promote cloud technologies, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded nearly five million dollars in grants to 14 universities through its Cluster Exploratory (CluE) program to participate in the IBM-Google Cloud Computing University Initiative. The aim is to provide computing infrastructure for research projects. (Read: Cloud Research: NSF Awards $5 Million to 14 Universities)
The “cloud-based” Computing as a Service (CaaS) solution, according to Verizon, will help businesses and government agencies take advantage of cloud (IP-based) computing to more efficiently and securely manage IT resources – server, network and storage – to meet day-to-day business demands.
The service leverages Verizon’s global IP infrastructure and data centers. It’ll allow businesses pay for the resources used and avoid having to build out for peak capacity requirements by buying new equipment and adding staff, says the company.
CaaS is now available in the U.S. and Europe and will be rolled out to the Asia-Pacific region in August. The service, according to the company, is supported by service level agreements to ensure performance.