IBM's new spin on the cloud

IBM's new spin on the cloud

Today I’m at the IBM Impact show in Vegas. I’ve made the trek to this SOA event ever since the first one in 2007. This time, IBM is making a concerted effort to link SOA and cloud computing. No surprise there: When it comes to trends, the cloud is the only game in town, and everyone wants in.
Still, I could not suppress a chuckle when I saw the announcement last Thursday for a new IBM WebSphere CloudBurst Appliance. I knew that IBM was the foremost promoter of the “private cloud” — that is, architecture and technology for your own datacenter to build an infrastructure resembling that of a cloud service provider (such as Amazon or Google). But a cloud in a box? That’s a good one.
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