Ever since Lou Gerstner transformed IBM into a services-first company, Big Blue has been known as the behemoth that can get the job done for large enterprises. But it has not necessarily been known as a company that gets things done quickly, and its confusing array of SmartCloud solutions has not taken the enterprise market by storm.
Crosby's sketch of IBM's plans to stitch together SaaS and PaaS offerings on SoftLayer's infrastructure provides a fascinating glimpse of IBM's future cloud strategy. At the very least, SoftLayer seems poised to provide a platform to accelerate deployment for large IBM engagements -- at a scale other enterprise cloud competitors will be hard-pressed to match.
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