Monday, November 28, 2011

Autonomic signs new contract that will allow cloud enablement of IBM software via ARC-P cloud

CARY, USA: Autonomic Resources, a GSA IaaS Cloud provider has recently executed the necessary contractual agreements with IBM to allow for SaaS enablement of IBM’s software assets. Utilizing Autonomic’s ARC-P cloud as the delivery method, government agencies will soon be able to utilize IBM technologies in utility based, elastic compute offerings.

Autonomic has initially decided to focus on several of the Tivoli software assets including: Tivoli Endpoint Manager (TEM formerly BigFix), Tivoli Identity Manager (TIM), Tivoli Access Manager (TAM), and Federated Identity Manager (FIM). Also included in the ARC-Platform will be products from the Tivoli Maximo family.

Autonomic worked diligently with IBM to leverage its GSA IaaS ARC-P cloud to allow government customers access to technologies in an as-service model. The combination of shifting budgetary targets, conditional funding streams, and cloud first / future first policy initiatives has driven the need for utility based compute. One of the key benefits identified in cloud computing is that government won't have to overhaul its software and hardware every few years, removing political, budgetary and integration headaches.

“The traditional reseller model is under-going significant change; the ability to simply turn paper orders over is quickly losing value in the channel. IBM has indicated it is looking for channel partners that can deliver more for the customer. The ability to SaaS enable IBM assets is a key differentiator that Autonomic brought to the table.” stated John Keese, president of Autonomic Resources. “We understand the security requirements, hold the correct contracts, and have the proper cloud platform to deliver this for IBM and their customers. We are quicker and more nimble, and it is why we are first to our market with these offerings.”

Autonomic plans to SaaS enable a number of the products and will not be limited to IBM products only. Additional offerings include a number of Commercial Open Source stacks as well as Microsoft Exchange and Autonomy E-Discovery. Autonomic will be applying the same government security processing it has under gone for its IaaS platform to its SaaS choices.

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