IBM announced its Blue Cloud initiative to run large-scale applications spanning massive databases over the Web.
As more Web 2.0-style applications, which include lots of content contributed by end users, come online, companies will need to have better tools to handle them, said Dennis Quan, chief technology officer of high performance on demand solutions at IBM.
"What's at the heart of this is the realization that this technology is not restricted to universities or academic institutions. There's a broad applicability for this technology," Quan said.
IBM is targeting its offering at the enterprises.
The approach will be debuted on an IBM BladeCenter chassis using Power and x86 chips next spring. The Linux-based server will be combined grid computing software, Xen virtualization tools, Apache's Hadoop parallel workload scheduling and IBM's Tivoli data center management software. IBM said they weren't ready to give out any prices for the offering.
IBM has partnered with Google on a distributed computing initiative. Also, Microsoft and Amazon are other stalwarts who have their cloud computing initiatives.