IBM Unveils New Cloud Based on Cast Iron Acquisition

IBM Unveils New Cloud Based on Cast Iron AcquisitionIBM has unveiled a new “hybrid cloud” solution which is based on their technology gained from their Cast Iron acquisition.

IBM acquired Cast Iron and approximately 75 of their employees on May 3rd, 2010.

IBM expects this new technology to enable businesses quicker means of connecting, managing secure and public clouds.  IBM also expects some tasks to take days compared to months with older cloud technology such as managing “on-and-off premise resources” according to statement released by the company.

“As a user of IBM WebSphere Cast Iron, we have been able to not only easily integrate our on-premise and cloud-based applications, but also provide live feeds of order data changes to our sales reps on any device, including mobile phones, tablets and laptops,” said Randy Berger, IT manager, Process & Application Development, Siemens. “Expanding on the Cast Iron platform will help IBM provide even better access and management for hybrid clouds.”

IBM notes improvement in the following feature sets:  Control and Management Resources, Security, Application Integration and Dynamic Provisioning.

“As the hybrid cloud model is emerging as a strategic means to quickly unlock business value from data sources, IBM is making it enterprise-ready with the best monitoring, governance and security tools available,” said Robert LeBlanc, senior vice president, middleware software, IBM. “IBM’s new solution will expedite and secure this process to help clients of all sizes access key business applications securely, no matter where they reside.”