Mills sees dev and test as a relatively easy space to go after first. "It has this sort of variable overflow characteristic to it. You know, project start and stop ... it lends itself to this. And you're not caught in the middle of mission-critical production, obviously. So dev and test is a good place to bring these kinds of services."
Nonetheless, Mills says, IBM will bring its enterprise approach to the dev and test platform. "If somebody wants to do testing with live data, then will you protect the live data? What certainties are being provided by the vendor?" IBM clearly intends to deliver those kinds of controls. Falk adds that Rational tools will be available on the site, along with development and testing tools from partners such as WaveMaker, which offers its own enterprise Web development platform.
"This summer you will see the general availability of the IBM Cloud," says Falk, but he's not willing to provide specifics beyond the initial dev and test offering. The most I could get out of him was that the IBM Cloud will be "focusing on industry-oriented services and capabilities." Makes sense, given that over the past few years the company has pushed ever deeper into frameworks and business processes for vertical industries.
So get ready for the IBM Cloud. And it's coming with a big fat blue guarantee.
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