Tuesday, 15 April 2014 16:29

IBM releases new cloud services for SoftLayer


IBM maintains that newly released cloud-capabilities and services for its SoftLayer clients will accelerate cloud adoption by securing vital company assets and maintaining businesses operations, “even in the event of a disaster”.

According to SoftLayer CEO Lance Crosby companies can quickly deploy business innovative critical applications on a SoftLayer public cloud “while ensuring that customer loyalty and the company reputation are maintained.”

“Thousands of companies today count on SoftLayer’s cloud infrastructure in order to gain the performance, control and flexibility needed to succeed in their market.

“By bringing these proven services to SoftLayer, our customers match the full benefits of the cloud with the assurances that no threat, whether it’s a hacker or a potential outage, will impact business performance, customer loyalty, revenues and the reputation of their brand.”

Crosby says the overall market opportunity for business continuity/disaster recovery is expected to grow to almost $32 billion by 2015.

With today’ release, Crosby says SoftLayer customers will initially have access to IBM’s Cloud Virtualised Server Recovery (VSR) managed service, offering “sophisticated, low-cost automation that helps enterprises recover mission-critical applications, servers and cloud-based data in the event of an outage or disaster.”

“With VSR, SoftLayer businesses will be able to replicate entire systems in real-time including system files, databases, applications and user data in a way that is independent of the make and model of the underlying hardware. The ability to respond quickly is essential with analysts estimating that every hour of downtime can cost a business upwards of tens of thousands of dollars.”

Crosby said IBM’s Resiliency Consulting Services - which integrate legacy IT environments with a private cloud and the SoftLayer public cloud - will also be extended to SoftLayer clients, and help with resiliency assessment, planning and design, implementation and testing.

IBM is opening two new cloud based resiliency centers in Raleigh, North Carolina and Mumbai, India, adding to the 15 other global centres planned by SoftLayer and the 150 BCRS Resiliency Centres.

Crosby says the centres will speed up recovery times by virtually eliminating network latency while allowing businesses to manage federal and local data residency compliance regulations.

According to IBM’s 2013 Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) study, 70% of CISOs are concerned about cloud and mobile security, and with good reason. Crosby said the study found that sophisticated and targeted attacks are on the rise and according to reports, less than 2% of breaches are detected in the first 24 hours and less than 46% in the first 30 days.

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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham - retired and is a "volunteer" writer for iTWire. He is a veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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