IBM Cloud vs SAP Cloud
Last updated: September 26, 2014
IBM Cloud offers open cloud infrastructure services for IT operations. The IBM Cloud gives you the flexibility to have public, private or hybrid clouds, depending on your business needs. With the IBM Cloud you can unlock more value in your business and in the technology you already have. It’s the cloud that can integrate enterprise-grade services and help speed up the way you innovate.
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IBM Cloud vs SAP Cloud in our news:
2014 - IBM SoftLayer attracts startups from Amazon Web Services, Rackspace
IBM wants to make its SoftLayer platform as a service a viable, economical option to Amazon Web Services, Rackspace and others. And it’s touting a couple customer wins as proof points for SoftLayer momentum: MutualMind, which helps businesses monitor customers’ social networking interactions, and Vivocha, a customer engagement SaaS product. One big selling point is that SoftLayer offers free private networking across all its data centers, which is unique, according to Server Density CEO David Mytton. That can result in significant savings for growing companies. But still IBM has a long row to hoe to wean significant numbers of startups off of AWS and Rackspace. Amazon, in particular, grew with the startups that flocked to it for the last seven years, and for every IBM case study, AWS probably has two dozen. But IBM Softlayer does have its advantages, including the aforementioned hybrid infrastructure, a mature set of products and credibility in running large-scale workloads.
2013 - SAP boss is mooning Oracle boss again
SAP co-founder and chairman Hasso Plattner is an old "friend" of Oracle boss Larry Ellison. They compete not only in the IT business but also in yacht races. Plattner, reportedly, once dropped his pants and mooned the crew of Ellison’s racing yacht when it was passing by. After that Ellison didn't miss a chance to throw a jab at SAP. For example, his first and only tweet is dedicated to SAP's failure on the cloud market. But the history repeats and now Larry Ellison once again is watching SAP's back. Recently we told about SAP's new product - HANA - the Big Data database that left behind Oracle's database business. And now SAP has launched a cloud platform SAP Enterprise Cloud (built on HANA), which has the potential to become the Amazon for big companies and beat Oracle on the cloud market.
Enterprise Cloud platform is designed not only to host SAP's own ERP and portals. It's positioned as a PaaS service on which developers can create high-performance enterprise applications. According to Plattner, already 430 startups are building apps on top of the new platform.
But SAP - is SAP. And its cloud platform has one big drawback in the SAP style. Each company that wants to use the new platform must first pay the full cost of the SAP HANA license (as if it buys SAP HANA but not lease it from the cloud).
2011 - Wimbledon - Instant Enterprise in IBM's Cloud
Wimbledon tennis tournament (which is taking place right now) - is a beautiful example of Cloud technology usage. For 50 weeks of the year, Wimbledon acts as a private tennis club with less than 500 members. Come June, IBM helps it to scale up its infrastructure to meet the demands of a global audience for a critical two-week period and then scale back down to support normal operations once it's all over. Site attendance increases to 500 thousand per day, the ticket system launches, the huge number of orders in the online store, sponsor relations intensify. But this is minor compared to the match visualization - today every match is scanned into a virtual 3D-model to collect statistics and control the rules. Of course, this requires a super-powerful computing infrastructure. What would be the club's expenses, if it would buy and maintain it itself? Obviously, it wouldn't be profitable to hold the tournament at all. But thanks to the IBM's cloud Wimbledon tournament brings a good income to the owners.