Jump to the cloud with IBM — literally

The IT heroes of mid-size organizations may often feel like they’re jumping through hoops as they work to find the best technology platform for their business to run on.

IBM Corp. wants to help, and let you have some fun along the way, with its Cloud Challenge platform game hosted on IT World Canada. Take up the role of a lone IT hero navigating the cloud (in this case, in a very literal sense) as you avoid the bad guys – high costs, risks, and disruptions. Anyone who grew up during the ’80s will appreciate the simplistic 8-bit graphics and controls as they play through this fun and challenging adventure. Here’s one tip to get a little help along the way – jump on the blue IBM clouds and the game gets a bit easier.


Plus you can learn more about getting a complimentary trial of SoftLayer. This solution will let you implement a cost-effective and efficient private cloud on a global infrastructure via an easy-to-use self-service model. You can choose between a virtual server that is ready in just minutes, or a dedicated bare metal server in just a few hours. And since it’s private, you’ll get all the benefits of the cloud with the added security that comes with maintaining your data within your own infrastructure.

Just as there are no risks on the IBM cloud in the game, IBM wants to help its customers mitigate risk as they transition to the cloud for their IT infrastructure needs. Whether it’s platform as a service (PaaS), infrastructure as a service (IaaS), or software as a service (SaaS), IBM has options for your business. Take for example the SoftLayer option for self-service IaaS that is up to 10 times faster than the competition and gives your company options to manage a hybrid cloud strategy.

Jumping to the cloud with IBM hardly seems risky when you consider it is already hosting more highly trafficked websites than Amazon or any other cloud provider. Just consider this HostCabi.net survey of the 100,000 most-trafficked websites from October 2013:

So hop on over to IBM Cloud Challenge to get ready to jump to a more flexible, fast, and controlled IT infrastructure for your mid-sized business.

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Jim Love, Chief Content Officer, IT World Canada

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