IBM in the clouds

I use Amazon S3 via Jungledisk for off-site back-ups (fantastic by the way, really recommend it, and the simple storage service pricing is extremely good). As a result I get the Amazon web services developer newsletter, and this morning’s was an interesting one:

We are excited to announce that IBM and Amazon Web Services have teamed up to provide you with the ability to build and run a range of IBM applications using the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) service. This relationship will enable you to bring your own IBM licenses to Amazon EC2, utilize IBM’s “Development” AMIs, or leverage the “Production” Amazon EC2 running IBM service. The initial list of IBM environments that will be available includes: IBM DB2, IBM Informix, WebSphere sMash, IBM Lotus Web Content Management, and IBM WebSphere Portal Server.

Setting aside the fact I have no clue what Websphere sMash is (although I have a horrible feeling I can work it out), this strikes me as an excellent move for both parties. What’s more, the licensing model seems to make more sense than usual… so let us watch this space.

Read more: Start Using IBM in the Cloud Today.


  1. Interesting. I wonder how this will move forward. Will you actually be able to use the Elastic bit? An answer of, "Of course, just licence for your maximum usage and away you go," doesn't fly ;)Kerr#
  2. I've been using S3 for the storage of files for ProjectReactor for a while. There's a great Java API Jets3t which takes care of tricky bits automagically. The pricing is much cheaper than if I added the storage to the server myself - plus I don't need to back it up :-)

    It's certainly going to be interesting to see how this whole 'cloud' thing plays out.Brendon Upson#

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