At an open day at IBM’s SoftLayer data centre in London, Doug Clark the businesses Cloud Leader in the UK and Ireland (pictured below) said cloud computing has now reached a "tipping point" as enterprises made a concerted effort to move their new and established workloads to the cloud.
Clark, said that towards the end of 2014 he saw a move by customers to cloud. “We’ve definitely reached a tipping point for cloud with clients. They have dabbled in the past and have done a few applications in the cloud, but now they are taking a strategic direction to go all in on the cloud,” he said.
He also said that the drivers for this move to cloud were an unmet need in the rest of the market for IBM’s Dynamic Hybrid Cloud solutions and bare metal servers something he identified as “massively important” and why their clients were talking to IBM and “not the competitors.”
Additionally Clark also pointed out that enterprises also realised that IBM had the right mix of infrastructure and skills to help businesses with the “baggage and applications that need to be very carefully manipulated and moved into cloud.”
While much of the drive to cloud was from the c-suite level, Clark also pointed that many of the key purchasers of cloud were in the growing development community. “Evans research shows a developer community of 18.2 million and a quarter are developing on cloud and we think that will grow to 26 million; everything starts in the hands or on the screen of a developer and they are very important to us.”
Lastly Clark also pointed to IBM’s change in attitude to open source solutions particularly with their investments in Open Stack and the Cloud Foundry Foundation where IBM are the second largest contributors to the standards. He also pointed to IBM’s openness in its cloud developer solutions citing the ability for developers to create solutions with IBM’s Bluemix that used Azure and .Net as something that “6-9 months ago was never thought possible.”
The SoftLayer centre is run for IBM by Digital Realty and was announced last year as part of IBM’s commitment to building new facilities to support its move to a cloud infrastructure for IBM itself and for customers.
Marc Jones CTO SoftLayer called the new move to cloud as “foundational “ for both SoftLayer and IBM with much of IBM’s SaaS portfolio being run from SoftLayer or “being moved to it.” Jones also revealed that Whatsapp runs entirely on SoftLayer bare metal servers with SoftLayer providing infrastructure for Fitbit, Tumblr, Dropbox, Samsung, Citrix, Repsol as well as big data solutions from Basho, MongoDB, Riak CS, Cloudera and IBM’s recently purchased Cloudant