Loudcloud adds IBM wares to its services

Enterprises seeking to outsource Internet operations now have a wider range of technology choices from Loudcloud Inc., thanks to its partnership with IBM Corp.

Loudcloud, a managed infrastructure services provider, Monday announced an agreement with IBM that will give Loudcloud customers access to services based on IBM technology. Loudcloud is licensing IBM's DB2 Universal Database, WebSphere e-infrastructure software and WebSphereMQ messaging software and integrating those products with its own Opsware automation technology.

Loudcloud executives noted that enterprises often must integrate their Internet applications with data from back-end legacy systems and IBM's technology gives them a secure way to do that. In addition, by integrating IBM's technology with Loudcloud's Opsware automation technology, enterprises will be able to take advantage of Loudcloud's automated services, as well as IBM's products. The partnership also lets enterprises outsource to Loudcloud, while keeping the IBM technology they may already have in place.

Opsware is the foundation of Loudcloud's managed Internet infrastructure services. The technology allows Loudcloud to scale and monitor Internet systems automatically, growing them as needed and charging customers on a pay-per-use basis. Loudcloud manages its infrastructure network from Network Operations Centers located in North America and Europe.

Pricing for the IBM services was not disclosed.

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