IBM's Cloud Marketplace, A One Stop Shop for Everything Related to Cloud

By CIOReview | Tuesday, April 29, 2014

FREMONT, CA: IBM launches ‘IBM Cloud Marketplace’, a one stop market place which holds the company’s line of cloud-based solutions plus the third-party services. With the launch, the company is focusing on the easy ways to facilitate cloud services and solutions to the three prime user groups of an enterprise – developers, IT managers and business leaders – to increase IBM and its partners’ business prospects.

Clients can discover, test and experience hundreds of cloud services offered by IBM and its partner enterprise at one destination. The platform offers business partners and independent software vendors an opportunity to offer their products as cloud services hosted on IBM’s cloud. The company currently has partnered with companies such as SendGrid, Zend, Redis Labs, Sonian, Flow Search Corp, Deep DB, M2Mi and Ustream that are hosting their software on IBM’s cloud platform.

To meet the growing business challenges, business professionals look for cutting edge software solutions. IBM cloud marketplace offers over 100 SaaS applications which the user can learn, deploy and consume. Solutions are available for marketing, procurement, sales and commerce, supply chain, customer service and finance.

The cloud platform’s app development framework provides an integrated environment where individual developers and enterprise development teams can build enterprise apps via leading services and Application Programming Interfaces (APIs). These apps can be integrated with on and off-premise cloud environments in a secured manner. The app development framework is built on an open environment that gives developers much needed power to pick any open source or third party tools and integrate apps based on requirement.

For managing the IT infrastructure, the administrators prefer a comprehensive software services suite that gives them complete control of their hardware and software. IBM cloud marketplace’s ‘Ops’ helps clients in achieving these goals. It allows the user to deploy cloud services and support enterprise scale businesses. Ops is built on SoftLayer that allows the user to choose his cloud environment and location based on his business needs. Besides providing data visibility and transparency, SoftLayer provides control of security and placement of data with public, private and bare-metal server options.

"Increasingly cloud users from business, IT and development across the enterprise are looking for easy access to a wide range of services to address new business models and shifting market conditions," said Robert LeBlanc, Senior Vice President, IBM Software & Cloud Solutions. "IBM Cloud marketplace puts Big Data and Analytics, mobile, social, commerce, integration— the full power of IBM-as-a-Service and our ecosystem— at our clients' fingertips to help them quickly deliver innovative services to their constituents,” he added.

Though the company has joined the cloud business recently, the company has made significant investments in building its cloud software portfolio and is looking forward to make the most of the lucrative cloud business.