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IBM will close its SmartCloud Enterprise service and force customers to migrate to its recently-acquired SoftLayer cloud. News of the migration leaked today when Gartner veep Lydia Leong emitted the following Tweet: IBM has formally notified SmartCloud Enterprise customers of Jan 31st end-of-life. (I'll be blogging on this …


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  1. amanfromMars 1 Silver badge

    Abandon Ship if on/in a Sub-Prime and Vassal Vessel

    Whatever you think of Mueller's opinion, the closure is embarrassing for IBM and scary for others. Cloud is supposedly today's hottest enterprise IT market. That even mighty IBM can't make a go of it bespeaks stormy weather on the horizon.

    That be a harbinger of perfect stormy weather on the horizon and fast approaching to do ITs wreaking havoc thing on the likes of IBM and others of the same dinosaur ilk of a content management legacy system. The old dumb stupid way of doing things badly and wrongly, over and over again and expecting things to be better and different in the future, and changed as if by magic, is gone in fields which power and deliver fate and destiny.

    There be new players in the hood and on the block and into the Great Game and the ReBooting and ReBranding of IntelAIgent Creative Enterprises with Global Operating Devices.

  2. Peter Gathercole Silver badge


    I could not have put it better myself!

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Well I guess now we know why loads of IBM people have been hanging around the Softlayer IRC chan today =)

    Seriously though this is the whole reason IBM bought Softlayer in the first place, try not to look too shocked.

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Good move

    I can't see what the problem is. Softlayer provide an excellent service vs. SCE which was a pretty basic IaaS. Softlayer will provide much more flexibility and options anyhow.

  5. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Stormy weather....

    Possible some of the info came from the article here (,ibm-to-fold-smartcloud.aspx) that has since been updated. Key is that SCE is being killed as it was a direct competitor to SoftLayer and, frankly, SoftLayer was/is better in many areas. So IBM has actually done the smart thing in recognising SCE was not what most of the clients wanted - and instead of closing its eyes, plugging the ears, and going 'nanananana' (Blackberry anyone?) it went and bought a company with a service that hits many more of the right marks. Some companies may even have made the newbies change their name so SoftLayer would have become SCE. IBM hasn't done that.... hopefully they can avoid the temptation to change anything else!

    So the base IaaS is still there from IBM, just much more competitive and existing users on the old environment are being given the tools to help them move to the new. In addition IBM still has SCE+ (similar name, but totally different fully managed environment) and a sky full of other cloudy things....

    1. amanfromMars 1 Silver badge

      Stormy weather ahead ... CodeXSSXXXX Squalls in Futures Derivatives Trading Markets/HFTAlgorithms

      In the past, AC, IBM would have been considered and chosen by clients because it was a primitive initiator and/or generator of source. Now it appears to have changed and settled for being a prime aggregator of third party supply, which be a wholly different market which does not lead itself lead but rather more is into support of of lead and potential leading platforms/systems/IP dumps and pumps/pimps.

      The magic trick for unparalleled success in those markets is to be able to recognise newly radically canny and fundamentally brilliant savvy players/business heads/intelligence systems.

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