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Is Blue the new Grey?

By John | November 12, 2008

There seems to be some gray area between what some folks are doing in the cloud and what IBM is doing. IBM appears to be throwing a lot of blue placeholders all over the place in attempt to stop their customers from going elsewhere. Here are some examples…

Blue Cloud - Where is this cloud and how can I get one? Is there a web page where we can sign up anywhere like Amazon and Google?

Blue House – Lotus Notes as a SaaS?  If they pull this one off they are even better than I thought they were.

Blue Spruce – In classic IBM form they are pre-anouncing a new rich internet platform. Just in case you were thinking of using any of those other has-beens like Microsoft’s Silverlight and Adobe’s Flash.

Topics: ibm | 6 Comments »

6 Responses to “Is Blue the new Grey?”

  1. ruv Says:
    November 12th, 2008 at 7:32 am

    I’m looking forward to the next big blue announcement!

  2. Jason Meiers Says:
    November 12th, 2008 at 2:02 pm

    i have been using bluehouse for a month now and like the web conferencing feature a lot. they are having another introduction to the tool on the 19th.

    November 19, 2008 – 11:00 AM (ET). Topic: TBD

    Hope this helps.

  3. Wes Felter (IBM Research) Says:
    November 12th, 2008 at 5:59 pm

    Blue Cloud is an internal cloud offering; i.e. IBM builds a cloud for you in your datacenter and then you use it. It’s not intended to compete with Amazon/Google/Microsoft’s retail clouds.

  4. John Says:
    November 12th, 2008 at 7:22 pm

    So what you are saying IBM Blue cloud is a private cloud…. Not …. Let’s be clear. IBM Blue Cloud is a re-branded version of the infrastructure solution they have been selling for years (e.g., AIX, DB2, and Tivoli). To be even clearer, Tivoli Provisioning Manager is a weak option in the private cloud space against the likes of 3Tera and Cassatt. Furthermore, Blue Cloud is not an internal offering only (see iTricity).

    However, if you know someone who can brief me to correct my understanding of this offer I am all ears.


  5. Jason Meiers Says:
    November 12th, 2008 at 7:35 pm

    I spoke withIBM sales the other day to get a quote for hosting for UtilityStatus customers on the IBM bluecloud. Here is the link the sales team referred me to.

    Longer commitments than EC2 although for production AIX virtualization is worth it compared to Zen, IMHO.

    * Dynamic: hourly committment of 16 nodes or more, 8-10 hours per day, 5 days a week for after hours trading or end of day runs.
    * Variable: short-term commitments from a few processors for 1 week to 100′s of processors for 1 or more weeks.
    * Dedicated: 1 to 3 year commitments for 32 or more processors.

  6. John Says:
    November 12th, 2008 at 7:59 pm


    Thanks for the link. I think I signed up for one of these $99′rs and IBM never contacted me back (another sign of vapor). Anyway, I will give it another whirl and blog about it.