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IBM gets smarter in the cloud

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IBM has unveiled its next generation IBM SmartCloud, an enterprise-class, secure cloud specifically created to meet today's business demands, it says.

To accelerate the shift from experimentation, development and assessment to full scale enterprise deployment of cloud, IBM says it is building out its existing cloud portfolio with IBM SmartCloud, enterprise cloud technologies and services offerings for private, public and hybrid clouds based on IBM hardware, software, services and best practices.
“The new IBM SmartCloud allows for the best of both worlds – the cost savings and scalability of a shared cloud environment plus the security, enterprise capabilities and support services of a private environment,” says Erich Clementi, senior vice-president, IBM Global Technology Services. “In thousands of cloud engagements, we have discovered that the enterprise client wants a choice of cloud deployment models that meet the requirements of their workloads and the demands of their business.”  
The IBM SmartCloud includes a broad spectrum of secure managed services, to run diverse workloads across multiple delivery methods both public and private. It includes customer choice with the potential for end-to-end management of service delivery from the server and operating system to the application and process layer.  
The IBM SmartCloud has two implementation options: Enterprise and Enterprise +, says Clementi:
Enterprise – Available today and expanding on our existing Development and Test Cloud allowing customers to expand on internal development and test efforts with reduction of application development tasks from days to minutes via automation and rapid provisioning with over 30% reduction in costs versus traditional application environments.
Enterprise + – To be made available later this year, Enterprise + will complement and expand on the value of Enterprise, offering brand new capabilities provide a core set of multi-tenant services to manage virtual server, storage, network and security infrastructure components including managed operational production services.