In a move that could spur the rise of the nascent cloud computing model, IBM has introduced a programme to validate the resiliency of any company delivering applications or services to clients in the cloud environment.
As a result, customers can quickly and easily identify trustworthy providers that have passed a rigorous evaluation, enabling them to more quickly and confidently reap the business benefits of cloud services.
Cloud computing is a model for network-delivered services, in which the user sees only the service and does not view the implementation or infrastructure required for its delivery. The success to date of cloud services like storage, data protection and enterprise applications, has created a large influx of new providers.
However, unpredictable performance and some high-profile downtime and recovery events with newer cloud services have created a challenge for customers evaluating the move to cloud.
IBM's new "Resilient Cloud Validation" programme will allow businesses which collaborate with IBM on a rigorous, consistent and proven programme of benchmarking and design validation to use the IBM logo: "Resilient Cloud" when marketing their services.
Operating the most data centres in the world, IBM has delivered remote technology services to clients for decades and has developed strict standards for service quality – from infrastructure design to process excellence. Through its new Resilient Cloud Validation programme, IBM's Business Continuity and Resiliency Services unit will build on its 40-year history of eliminating downtime in the most demanding business environments to help cloud service providers meet the highest standards of resiliency.