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October 21, 2010

IBM extends cloud offering for software development, testing

Also introduces integrated development & test environment

By CBR Staff Writer

IBM has expanded its Smart Business Development and Test on the IBM Cloud with support for Windows and new enhancements to better serve teams of developers.

The new enhancement will enable developers to rapidly configure environments and easily share them across development teams, assign multiple Internet protocol (IP) addresses to a single virtual instance, and attach combinations of storage sizes to a virtual instance.

The IBM Smart Business Development & Test on the IBM Cloud allows enterprise clients to expand and enhance internal development and test processes with instant access to resources through IBM’s secure, scalable cloud delivery model.

The multi-tenant open cloud now includes support for Microsoft Windows 2003 and 2008 Data Center Editions, IBM said.

The company is also introducing an integrated development and test environment and new software and services to allow developers to improve quality and speed across the application life cycle.

The new environment is an end-to-end solution approach that integrates tools, processes and cloud infrastructure to enable clients to conduct more robust and complex testing earlier in the application development life cycle.

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The software and services include services for application virtualisation and performance testing; IBM rational load testing for addressing issues with infrastructure acquisition, maintenance and configuration; and IBM deployment planning and automation for software deployments.

CohesiveFT CTO Patrick Kerpan said now customers can take advantage of application layer network control and security with VPN-Cubed inside the IBM’s Smart Business Development and Test Cloud.

IBM has also added online workshops, skills tutorials, cloud computing technical resources and social networking tools that enable users to build online relationships, share content, and grow a worldwide network of peers to drive innovation.

Smart Business Development and Test on the IBM Cloud is now available in North America and Europe with the Raleigh, North Carolina, USA and Ehningen, Germany data centres supporting the IBM clouds, the company said.

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