Dell and IBM perch on cloud -

IBM and Dell have both announced cloud services and products that will see them compete with HP for a greater piece of the emerging business cloud market cloud cloud cloud cloud cloud cloud.

With HP already vocal about its own range of services as it aims to help business users begin to implement cloud technology in the workplace, IBM has now unveiled its SmartCloud services cloud cloud cloud cloud cloud cloud.

Although the firm has already made inroads in to the cloud sector in the past, it has so far been only for test and development reasons as opposed to for implementation as a tool in business cloud cloud cloud cloud cloud cloud.

IBM services are also aimed at providing a variety of approaches for customers to be flexible enough to meet the needs of a wide selection of business use on different scales, and are offering services both on premise or via a third-party service provider cloud cloud cloud cloud cloud cloud.

Like HP this could involve a combination of public and privately clouds depending on the individual needs of customers cloud cloud cloud cloud cloud cloud.

One version of the SmartCloud technology Enterprise is available now, while Enterprise + will be available later in the year alongside additional services for cloud infrastructure management cloud cloud cloud cloud cloud cloud.

As well as the service that IBM has launched it will also make tools available to set up its own cloud environment for either a private, hybrid or public system cloud cloud cloud cloud cloud cloud.

The firm aims to generate $7 billion in revenue as a result of its cloud dealings by 2015, a sign of quite how important the sector is becoming cloud cloud cloud cloud cloud cloud.

Dell also highlighted its own desire to move into the commercial cloud market with plans to build cloud datacentres in a number of locations across the world over the next two years cloud cloud cloud cloud cloud cloud.

This will involve many datacentres, alongside the building and staffing of 22 centres across the world in which customers can be trained in use and implementation of cloud products as many businesses continue to get to grips with how the technology can benefit them cloud cloud cloud cloud cloud cloud.

The datacentres and cloud management offered by Dell are part of a $1 billion investment programme, and also involves a deal with Microsoft for users to help manage virtualised environments, which is likely to be a major component of cloud usage cloud cloud cloud cloud cloud cloud.

Again, the scale of the investment is a sign of just how seriously Dell is taking the venture, with Ovum senior analyst Laurent Lachal telling Silicon.com that this is the real start of the firm taking a more aggressive stance in its approach to the business cloud cloud cloud cloud cloud cloud.

The move also means that Dell will be moving away from the hardware market, with increasing competition from firms such as Acer and or Apple’s iPad cloud cloud cloud cloud cloud cloud.