November 24, 2008 - IBM will introduce a program to validate the resiliency of any company delivering applications or services to clients in the cloud environment.


As a result, customers can identify trustworthy providers that have passed a rigorous evaluation, enabling them to more quickly and confidently reap the business benefits of cloud services.


The success to date of cloud services like storage, data protection and enterprise applications has created a large influx of new providers. However, unpredictable performance and some high-profile downtime and recovery events with newer cloud services have created a challenge for customers evaluating the move to cloud.


IBM’s new “Resilient Cloud Validation” program will allow businesses who collaborate with IBM on a rigorous, consistent and proven program of benchmarking and design validation to use the IBM logo: “Resilient Cloud” when marketing their services.


Allscripts, a leader in software, services, information and connectivity solutions for physicians and other health care providers, is the first company to begin the validation process. The designation is expected to enable Allscripts to expand its reach and improve quality of service, while providing its clients the assurance that sensitive patient information or medical documents will be encrypted and easily recovered at a moment's notice.


“Every cloud service provider has the same objective: provide an uninterrupted flow of information for their business,” said Philippe Jarre, IBM general manager of Business Continuity and Resiliency Services. “Since these providers power other businesses, there is a ‘network effect’ of downtime, it’s absolutely critical to build to the highest standards of resiliency.”

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