IBM is working with a range of partners to help customers move to the cloud, including partners who build private clouds for clients, build public clouds, develop applications for clouds, resell cloud services, extend cloud functionality, and aggregate multiple clouds, he said.
"We want to work with all these types of partners to develop their cloud offerings," he said. "Some will work with the IBM cloud, and some will build their own clouds. Partners can come in, understand their model, explore their models further, and go away with a solution."
Use of the new Cloud Computing Lab, which is already open, is free of charge to IBM partners, Mitchell said.
The Cloud Computing Lab follows the introduction earlier this month of a new cloud computing platform for telcos, ISPs and communications service providers called the IBM Cloud Service Provider Platform. IBM is currently in the process of rolling out this platform to its partner base.