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IBM yesterday trumpeted its cloud computing strategy with a demonstration at its Silicon Valley campus and a press release touting new customers, products and other tidbits we are going to ignore (you can read the release here). Amidst it all, however, IBM did announce two important […]

ibmlogoIBM yesterday trumpeted its cloud computing strategy with a demonstration at its Silicon Valley campus and a press release touting new customers, products and other tidbits we are going to ignore (you can read the release here). Amidst it all, however, IBM did announce two important things. The first was via an internal memo that let staffers know that Erich Clementi, GM of enterprise initiatives — otherwise known as the guy heading IBM’s cloud efforts — will report directly to Chairman and CEO Sam Palmisano.

With this reporting change, IBM is signaling that cloud computing isn’t a mere services play, but has broad potential for enterprise IT. The other noteworthy item could be found in Big Blue’s press release: It’s chosen Juniper Networks as its partner for overflow clouds. Great news for Juniper, but also an indication that IBM isn’t impressed with Cisco  intruding on its turf with a rumored line of servers, and other jaunts into the data center.

  1. [...] Smoke About Cloud Computing (blogs.wsj.com) Big Blue boasts cloud drag-and-drop (theregister.co.uk) IBM Scorns Cisco and Gets Serious About Clouds (gigaom.com) IBM And Juniper Networks Hoping To Gain Cloud Computing Market Share (ajax-blog.com) [...]

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  2. Here’s my analysis of what may be coming with Cisco’s recent announcements on the server side wrt IBM, HP, etc.
    http://www.sramanamitra.com/2009/02/05/cisco-juniper-polycom/

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  3. [...] Higginbotham | Tuesday, March 17, 2009 | 4:08 PM PT | 0 comments IBM has gotten more and more serious about the cloud. A little over a year ago, Drew Clark, director of strategy for IBM’s venture capital group, [...]

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  4. [...] has gotten more and more serious about the cloud. A little over a year ago, Drew Clark, director of strategy for IBM’s venture capital group, [...]

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  5. [...] Networks and Brocade are listed as possible targets, with IBM likely to drift toward Juniper on the basis of an existing partnership with the Cisco rival.  HP could pick up Brocade and broaden its existing ProCurve local area networking switching [...]

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  6. [...] its allies against the company. To date, the biggest beneficiary of the Cisco-server blowback has been Juniper Networks — now Brocade Communications is now moving to take advantage of it as well. IBM, which [...]

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  7. [...] week I spoke with Erich Clementi, General Manager, Enterprise Initiatives (otherwise known as the head of IBM’s cloud computing efforts) about Big Blue’s cloud strategy. After we raked the computer and service provider over the [...]

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  8. [...] buck. For those interested in another perspective, Stacey recently spoke with Erich Clementi, the head of IBM’s cloud computing efforts, about Big Blue’s cloud strategy. Clementi pointed out, “Many people equate cloud computing [...]

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