IBM launches OpenStack services

The company said that it will roll out a series of OpenStack services designed to help enterprise customers use the cloud framework for hybrid, private and public cloud deployments.

IBM is siccing its services unit on OpenStack deployments.

The company said that it will roll out a series of OpenStack services designed to help enterprise customers use the cloud framework for hybrid, private and public cloud deployments.

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OpenStack has been gathering momentum as the IT giants support the open source cloud platform and then try to add their value added software, hardware and services around it.

IBM's OpenStack services are designed to enable application and data integration across various clouds. IBM also said it has more than 500 developers working on OpenStack and other open source cloud projects.

The services from IBM are in beta today and include a portfolio of hybrid OpenStack services, security and cloud monitoring tools and the ability to have Big Blue manage or host the environment. The security services from IBM were developed with Intel.

Separately, IBM said United Business Group, an IT services group in Kuwait, will partner with Big Blue to offer hybrid cloud deployments. UBG will offer its clients IBM's Bluemix development platform.

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