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The SmartCloud platform will allow customers to tailor key aspects of a public, private or hybrid cloud system to meet their workload requirements, IBM said. Businesses and organizations can define the parameters of their cloud system around five dimensions: security and isolation, system availability and performance, technology platforms, management support and deployment, and payment and billing methods.
Hill described the SmartCloud Enterprise, available now, as a "major update" to the public cloud test and development platform the company has offered for nearly a year. SmartCloud Enterprise emphasizes development and deployment for new applications running on Linux and Windows, offering virtual and some physical levels of security and 99.5 percent availability.
IBM describes Enterprise +, slated for availability in the second half of this year, as more robust and better suited for migration of "traditional and higher availability applications" because of its additional managed production services and 99.9 percent availability. Enterprise + runs on Linux, Windows and AIX, and offers security with "multiple levels of isolation," IBM said.
SmartCloud Enterprise operates on a "bring your own/pay as you go/free developer use" software licensing model while IBM provides operating systems and tool licenses under Enterprise +. And pricing is hourly usage-based for the Enterprise platform while Enterprise + pricing is based on monthly usage and fixed contracts.
Cutomers can deploy their Lotus Domino applications on SmartCloud Enterprise via the Lotus Domino Utility Server for LotusLive, including e-mail, social business and third-party applications, IBM said. Starting in the third quarter IBM will also offer its SAP Managed Application Services through SmartCloud.