Strengths: IBM's Cloud Managed Services platform, well-suited for core enterprise applications, enables hybrid cloud building through SoftLayer integration capabilities.
IBM also is unique in offering a turnkey on-premises version of its platform. The platform's user interface allows a high level of control over management options and compliance checking.
Cautions: IBM's Cloud Managed Services platform is provisioned slower than some competitors because IBM engineers "mediate" the process, reviewing and approving requests for new instances. And because of Big Blue's security management measures, users usually don't have full administrative access.