IBM Private Cloud Infrastructure as a Service is a managed IaaS offering that instantiates a private cloud environment within a customer’s data center. In contrast to other Compute as a Service (CaaS) solutions such as AWS Outposts or Dell EMC DCaaS, operational management is included in IBM’s solution along with hardware, software and support services. For this reason, it is unique within the collection of seven solutions CaaS we review in this category:
CaaS solutions that extend public cloud services to the data center:
CaaS solutions that are operationally managed by the customer:
CaaS solutions that are operationally managed by the vendor:
Private Cloud IaaS is available from IBM’s Global Technology Services (GTS) group. It offers a dedicated, single tenant private cloud computing environment (servers, networking and storage) with management and support services layered on top. It can be deployed as an on premises-only service or expanded to IBM public cloud resources to yield a dedicated hybrid cloud computational environment. Network connectivity across customer data centers and across public clouds is managed by IBM as well. Private Cloud IaaS can also be hosted at an IBM data center.
From an acquisition standpoint, Private Cloud IaaS is consumption-based and billed monthly based on capacity and performance metrics. After installation, PC IaaS becomes a fully IBM-managed, pay per use computational utility that conforms to an OPEX model. Monthly usage expenses can be predictable given the reporting mechanisms included with the service. As computational needs grow, customers can scale up to using more capacity that is a known expense.
IBM Private Cloud IaaS is Available in 24 countries including the USA. For data protection, IBM Backup as a Service is also available as an option. Also optional is a data migration service.
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