IBM has introduced a service that enables corporations to access a large-scale computing infrastructure on-demand over the Internet.
The new IBM e-business on demand service – Linux Virtual Services – connects customers with Linux-based applications to IBM e-business hosting centres that provide managed server processing, storage and networking capacity on an on-demand basis.
Instead of the physical Web, database and application servers they rely on now, customers tap into ‘virtual servers’ on IBM zSeries mainframes running Linux in a secure hosting environment, paying only for the computing power and capacity they require.
By partitioning the processing, storage and network capacity for each customer, IBM isolates individual demand on the system and maps resources to that demand, while providing the same level of separation between customers that a physical server would.
For customers on non-Linux platforms, IBM will provide application porting services to a Linux environment.