Since IBM’s partnership with Google to introduce ‘cloud computing’ to universities over two years ago, IBM has started to invest in computing outside the realm of academia. Stating on its website “Cloud computing focuses on the user, and offers highly efficient acquisition and delivery of IT and information services. Cloud computing is defined and characterized by massive scalability, superior user experience, and new, Internet-driven economics”.
IBM thinks this is the next big thing. A couple weeks ago IBM launched its ‘smart business line’ using the new computer model and estimates that the market of cloud computing will grow into a $66 billion industry by 2012. Last week at an all-day conference IBM focused on its new IBM Clouds Labs with a statement by the vice president of IBM Clouds Labs Willy Chiu,”Cloud computing is a new way of consuming IT, we’re putting IT resources directly into the hands of people.”
Since IBM’s partnership with researchers and students at 35 universities IBM has been working hard to expand its cloud computing market in other sectors. Working with governments in South Africa, banks in Vietnam, and establishment of the Wuxi software factory in China dedicated to the manufacturing of cloud services, IBM believes its on to something.
Computing devices made specifically for businesses have also been launched by IBM such as the Smart Business Desktop Cloud and the CloudBurst.
Virtualization coming, but it will not be immediate, noted by Chiu, ”is not going to happen overnight,” but added, ”There’s been an explosion of cloud adoption worldwide” and said “cultural change must accompany the technology shift.”