IBM’s cloud team has been on a mission to prove to startups that its SoftLayer infrastructure and BlueMix platform as a service are viable, economical options to Amazon Web Services, Rackspace and others.
Toward that end, [company]IBM[/company] hosted a Ted@IBM event in San Francisco this week to strut its stuff in the hotbed of startups. And it’s touting a couple customer wins as proof points for SoftLayer momentum: MutualMind, which helps businesses monitor customers’ social networking interactions, and Vivocha, a customer engagement SaaS product.
The appeal of bare metal
Addison, Texas–based MutualMind is moving the bulk of its workloads to SoftLayer from AWS and [company]Rackspace[/company], said CEO Babar Bhatti. A major reason was SoftLayer’s flexibility in providing both bare metal servers for I/O intensive workloads and cloud capabilities, with better service than the incumbent providers.
Vivocha, another hand-picked IBM case study, moved part of its service — batch data processing and CPU-intensive tasks — from AWS to Bluemix…
View original post 484 more words