IBM Launches Cloud Computing Initiative

IBM has expanded the outreach of its cloud computing development efforts with the establishment of a new joint research initiative.

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IBM has expanded the outreach of its cloud computing development efforts with the establishment of a new joint research initiative.

Based in Europe, Resources and Services Virtualization without Barriers - or Reservoir - continues the solutions provider's work into making connected services more accessible to businesses. Recently, it proposed a series of cloud computing solutions for data centers under the name of Blue Cloud.

With more than 17 million euros ($26.6 million) in EU funding, the new project will bring together 13 partners from the continent together under IBM's leadership to develop the technologies required to populate a service-based online economy.

At the launch of Reservoir, Dr Yaron Wolfsthal, senior manager of System Technologies, said that if cloud computing acts as an internet operating system for business, then Reservoir will be the conduit for enabling faster and cost-efficient access to the services within.

"With Reservoir, our aim is to provide cloud-computing-based technologies that will enable the borderless delivery of IT services based on actual demands to keep costs competitive," he explained.

IBM is not the only firm to be making headway in the cloud computing field. Players such as Google and Amazon have also sought to offer alternative ways for businesses to buy software.

In March, Microsoft announced it too is aiming to allow IT directors the opportunity to purchase services at rates that reflect their usage. Bill Gates, chairman of Microsoft, was quoted as saying by ComputerWeekly.com: "The combination of software plus services gives customers advanced choice and flexibility in how they access and manage software."

But Reservoir's remit will not be limited to the business arena. IBM claims Reservoir will also be able to serve broadcasters, allowing different parties to enter cooperation deals that allow them to share distribution channels and platforms.



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