November 24, 2008 10:54 ET
IBM to Validate Resiliency of Cloud Computing Infrastructures
Will Consult With Businesses of All Sizes to Ensure Resiliency, Availability, Security; Drive Adoption of New Technology
ARMONK, NY--(Marketwire - November 24, 2008) - In a move that could spur the rise of the
nascent computing model known as "cloud," IBM (NYSE: IBM) today said it
would introduce a program to validate the resiliency of any company
delivering applications or services to clients in the cloud environment. As
a result, customers can quickly and easily identify trustworthy providers
that have passed a rigorous evaluation, enabling them to more quickly and
confidently reap the business benefits of cloud services.
Cloud computing is a model for network-delivered services, in which the
user sees only the service and does not view the implementation or
infrastructure required for its delivery. The success to date of cloud
services like storage, data protection and enterprise applications, has
created a large influx of new providers. However, unpredictable performance
and some high-profile downtime and recovery events with newer cloud
services have created a challenge for customers evaluating the move to
IBM's new "Resilient Cloud Validation" program will allow businesses who
collaborate with IBM on a rigorous, consistent and proven program of
benchmarking and design validation to use the IBM logo: "Resilient Cloud"
when marketing their services.
Operating the most data centers in the world, IBM has delivered remote
technology services to clients for decades and has developed strict
standards for service quality -- from infrastructure design to process
excellence. Through its new Resilient Cloud Validation program, IBM's
Business Continuity and Resiliency Services unit will build on its 40-year
history of eliminating downtime in the most demanding business environments
to help cloud service providers meet the highest standards of resiliency.
In addition, IBM Research has developed end-to-end tools for assessment and
discovery within a customer's configuration, modeling, ROI analysis,
optimization and migration to a highly virtualized cloud environment.
IBM announced today that Allscripts, a leader in delivering innovation
technologies that improve the health of patients and the bottom line of
physicians and other healthcare organizations, is the first company to
begin the certification process. The designation is expected to enable
Allscripts to enhance the current online data backup service it provides to
better serve the needs of the 150,000 physicians who use the company's
electronic health records, e-prescribing and practice management solutions.
Next Spring, Allscripts will release a new online backup service, powered
by IBM, which will provide a simple, easy to deploy remote data protection
service, helping to ensure that sensitive patient information and medical
documentation will be encrypted, securely stored away from the customer
location, and easily recovered at a moment's notice.
"Our physician clients have come to expect that the clinical information
stored by our software solutions is secure, private and available without
interruption around the clock. By partnering with IBM, we're able to
deliver an affordable, enterprise-class data protection and recovery
service through the cloud, to even the smallest physician practices," said
Paul Edge, Vice President of Solutions Management for Allscripts. "We're
dedicated to continuing to provide highly available cloud services to our
clients, and IBM is a critical partner for us -- we look forward to
continued work with IBM on the Resilient Cloud Proven program."
"Every cloud service provider has the same objective: provide an
uninterrupted flow of information for their business," said Philippe Jarre,
IBM General Manager of Business Continuity and Resiliency Services. "Since
these providers power other businesses, there is a 'network effect' of
downtime, it's absolutely critical to build to the highest standards of
IBM's Business Continuity and Resiliency Services have 155 data centers
around the globe, and offer a range of capabilities from advisory services
to fully-managed resilient infrastructures. These teams are available today
to evaluate current cloud architectures against resiliency best practices,
identify, quantify, and prioritize gaps and risks, then provide the ongoing
design assistance and management expertise to run more resilient
The IBM "Resilient Cloud" program will be available in early 2009.
For more information about IBM's cloud computing initiatives, please visit