IBM introduces Cloud Service Provider Platform

Communications service providers can now deliver cloud computing on their own.

IBM has unveiled Cloud Service Provider Platform, a set of hardware, software and services to help providers deliver cloud computing on their own.

The company said that its new cloud service management offering is built on its Service Delivery Manager platform for cloud computing, and includes carrier-grade technology with security and service management capabilities.

The new platform helps communications service providers deliver collaboration applications, customer relationship management services, data storage, back up and recovery, and industry-specific applications.

IBM claimed that its new offering allows service providers; to accelerate launch of new partner services; provision several virtual machines per hour; and launch partner applications and services such as unified communications, collaboration, field force management, sales tracking and customer relationship management applications.

In addition, the new platform allows service providers to: provides developers a development and test cloud to create new applications; offer infrastructure services; provision new services; scale to run and manage concurrently running virtual machines.