The Private Cloud, Now In A Purple Box

On Thursday IBM (IBM) announced the WebSphere CloudBurst Appliance, a hardware appliance that manages and maintains virtual machines in a "private cloud."

The IBM WebSphere CloudBurst offers a private cloud in an appliance.

The IBM WebSphere CloudBurst offers a private cloud in an appliance.

The private cloud exists, and is living in a purple box. On Thursday IBM announced the WebSphere CloudBurst Appliance, a hardware appliance that manages and maintains virtual machines in a "private cloud."

IBM says WebSphere CloudBurst helps customers quickly develop and deploy applications. Once finished, resources are automatically returned to the shared resource pool and logged for internal charge-back purposes.

"The WebSphere CloudBurst Appliance combines the flexibility of SOA (service-oriented architecture) with the adaptability of the cloud," said Tom Rosamilia, general manager of WebSphere at IBM, in a press release. "It's new  capabilities for rapid deployment deliver a fast return on investment to our clients."

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