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IBM Wants To Put its Initials on All Clouds Everywhere

In a fascinating move to co-op the cloud, IBM is proposing to rate others like Amazon, GoGrid, Mosso and FlexiScale

In a fascinating move to co-op the cloud, IBM is proposing to rate other people’s clouds, people like Amazon, GoGrid, Mosso and FlexiScale.

Hopefully it will do better than Moody’s and Standard & Poor’s did with the bonds created out of sub-prime loans.

It’s unclear why anyone would submit to such a search by IBM, but – if they do and pass – IBM is proposing to reward them with a “Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval” or “Resilient Cloud Proven” logo.

This resiliency stuff means IBM validates their facilities, apps, data, staff, processes and business strategy. IBM claims it will weed out untrustworthy providers.

It says the influx of newfangled cloud services – where everybody’s middle name is suddenly cloud – has created a challenge for customers evaluating the move to the cloud.

It’s promising reassurance – benchmarking and checks on design, infrastructure hardening, redundancy and ongoing monitoring and management.

IBM says it’s done this kind of stuff forever and has strict standards for service quality – everything from infrastructure design to process excellence.

Allscripts, the healthcare player, is IBM’s first validation customer. It’s delivering a data recovery service through the cloud.

Meanwhile, IBM Global Services is going into the cloud consulting business.

Cloud computing should save 80% on floor space and 60% on power and cooling costs, and deliver 3x asset utilization, but that doesn’t mean people are comfortable with the idea.

Enterprise customers still have security, data portability, compliance, privacy and reliability concerns.

IBM says it’ll do both industry-specific work to assess the TCO of building private clouds and help people set up their own clouds – or move data and application off-site or into a hybrid model.

Its research suggests public and private cloud won’t compete – they’ll be complementary – but naturally it’s going to steer people into its own cloud centers.

Under the code name Project Yun, Chinese for cloud, IBM is also working on new menu-driven, cloud-delivered, horizontal and vertical business services like healthcare in the first place and CRM and supply chain management in the second.

It says the widgetry is being piloted with customers by its China Research Lab and that Wang Fu Jin Department Stores, one of China’s biggest retailers, is trying some of the services.

IBM will use the stuff to create industry-specific clouds aimed at mobile and telecom, social collaboration, finance and banking (well, what’s left of it anyway), government, healthcare, education and IT management.

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