Cloud Computing for Enterprises:WebSphere sMash and DB2 on EC2
IBM leverages Amazon's EC2 to deliver software
), Technical Evangelist, Emerging Technologies,IBM08 April 2009Among the three cloud types, the public cloud is likely the most well-known and maturein its offerings. Accessibility and affordability are two of the key characteristics that haveled to the popularity of the public cloud. To both of those ends, the Amazon ElasticCompute Cloud (EC2) infrastructure provides public cloud infrastructure that hostsAmazon Machine Image instances which deliver capability to users. To allow users toutilize EC2, IBM recently released Amazon Machine Images that package some of its popular software offerings for the EC2 platform, and the AMIs are available under adevelopment license at no charge. In addition, IBM also supports already purchased IBMsoftware running within the EC2 infrastructure. This article provides an overview of the public cloud, and it discusses the use of the WebSphere sMash and DB2 AmazonMachine Images to deliver web applications hosted on the EC2 infrastructure.
Enterprises and the Public Cloud
Consider two points of view to understand how enterprises can leverage public cloudcomputing solutions. In the first scenario, we see enterprises consume applications provided in the public cloud. This might be an application designed to process employee payroll data, or it might be a customer relationship management system. By utilizingsoftware delivered in this way, companies remove the burden of installing andmaintaining the application on its private data centers. Companies might also benefitfrom cost savings associated with license fees since most cloud providers charge based onconsumption. In the second public cloud usage scenario, we see companies utilizingcloud-based hosting solutions to deliver applications to users. By doing so, companies arefreed from the maintenance and upkeep of production systems since the cloud provider is