Quan did not share the list of public cloud services that would initially be supported but said that it would be able to tie in many services and would refine the list through the course of the beta program.
The company is also announcing new virtualization support in its Tivoli Storage Manager. The product lets users efficiently manage storage requirements, data recovery and data protection across machines, Quan said. "It gives you better control over your environment and enforces a more uniform policy," he said.
The new features and products may be good news for CFOs, but may not exactly be welcome by IT departments. By automating management and speeding up provisioning times, IT departments require fewer administrators, Quan said.
"It's the human labor that contributes significantly to the cost of running that IT environment," he said. "When you're running an environment with thousands of VMs, every minute of human activity required per VM adds up very quickly. So the more you're able to automate that ... the better off you are and the more likely you are to realize ROI from the cloud environment."
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