A Brief Overview of the IBM Cloud

There are now big names in the cloud computing world. Amazon Web Services (AWS), the Google Cloud Platform, and Microsoft Azure are now competing head-to-head to see who wins the coveted crown. However, the IBM cloud services shouldn’t be left out in this race. There are even some who claim that IBM has a larger piece of the infrastructure as a service (IaaS) pie than other competitors.

IBM’s cloud services may seem like it’s lagging behind the competition, it’s still one of the largest cloud computing service providers on Earth. Look into the story of the IBM cloud and you’ll see different brand names for its services. Patching all the categories together will lead to the “IBM Cloud” name, and it includes the software, hardware, and services that assist enterprises and organizations in building private cloud servers.[G1]

A Quick Look at the History of the IBM Cloud[G2] [G3]

Everything has to start somewhere, especially when we’re talking about IBM’s cloud computing services. Some might think that it began with AWS back in the early 2000s. However, it started with the invention of the mainframe which took place in the 1950s. You might tell yourself, “but cloud computing didn’t exist back then.” Yes, cloud computing was non-existent during the 1950s, but the core idea of the services can be traced back to this decade. It then follows through different stories that go through the 1970s, and this is the era wherein we can find the creation of the VM operating system. This model enables multiple virtual machines to use a shared module. IBM’s computing structure evolved through the years, and it eventually leads to the launch of Cloudburst back in 2009. Cloudburst is a tool used for setting up a private cloud server, and it’s also the company’s first real [G4] IaaS service. The IT giant then continued to set up multiple cloud services as time went by. [G5]

Cloud Services of IBM

Interested users of the IBM cloud infrastructure will find different services to use. For instance, there’s the compute services that allow users to take advantage of OpenWhisk serverless computing, along with Cloud Foundry runtimes and containers. Organizations can also use cloud storage services. In doing so, businesses can use block, file, and object storage, as well as server backup features. Another service found in IBM’s cloud computing mainframe includes companies to use data and analytics services. For this segment, it includes analytics services, data services, Cloudera hosting, Riak hosting, MongoDB hosting, and big data hosting. [G6]

The Advantages of Using the IBM Cloud

Any cloud service on the planet will offer a list of advantages to its users. However, IBM’s cloud services have some unique offerings that most of its competitors can’t match. [G7] For instance, IBM is the only major cloud vendor that emphasizes its services on bare metal servers. In other words, it offers specific performance and security requirements to allow for secure and well-performing procedures. The company’s cloud services also give companies plenty of flexibility and customization tools of which many other cloud computing service providers don’t offer.[G8] [G9]

When to Use the IBM Cloud

Companies that already invested in other IBM offerings should heavily consider using the tech giant’s cloud services for all of their public cloud requirements. It’s especially useful if the organization plans to create a hybrid network environment. Additionally, enterprises of different sizes that require high-performing servers should think about using IBM’s bare metal or GPU servers.

IBM offers a very strong competitive edge over its competitors in the cloud computing sector. The known tech firm offers some unique cloud services that other vendors may lack or don’t have in the first place.

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