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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, started paying attention to the fact that an entire network of startups were raising venture capital to build services tied […]

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, started paying attention to the fact that an entire network of startups were raising venture capital to build services tied to Amazon’s Web Services or other cloud platforms. Today, he sat down to talk to me in Austin, Texas, about what IBM is doing with regard to the cloud.

Clark stressed that the cloud platforms IBM launched last year aren’t an actual cloud services play but rather a place for enterprise customers to go and figure out what they want their clouds to be. Clark says most enterprise customers want their own private cloud at first, but some will start seeing the value in cobbling together a wide variety of cloud services, such as those offered by Amazon Web Services, providers like Rackspace, or even a potential infrastructure as a service offering from IBM. I tend to agree, as having others share the cost of all those servers is the core benefit the cloud offers. Otherwise, a company is still overbuying capacity for planned spikes in demand.

In the video below, Clark talks about where IBM will play in the clouds, and how it hopes to work with startups when it comes to providing a layer of management between various infrastructure clouds and the enterprise.

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  2. [...] plans to launch a cloud later this summer and is working on standards for cloud computing, and IBM is putting out a lot of press releases, but HP has actually explained how it views the cloud, notably how it thinks the concept of [...]

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  3. [...] when IBM and HP are going to announce their own big cloud computing plays, rather than webinars and research projects. I think this summer, we’re going to see some big players launch real products  to take on [...]

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  4. [...] higher-value services on top of its Azure cloud. The desire for higher margins is why IBM has said it’s less interested in providing the type of infrastructure as a service that Amazon or Rackspace do, but is eager to deliver services that run on top of the computing [...]

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  5. [...] clouds, but what’s notable here is that IBM originally had no plans to get into what it called low-margin services like storage or providing cloud computing as a [...]

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