“Cloud computing” one of the latest buzz words in Silicon Valley — refers to a variety of ways in which technology companies offer computing services over the Web from remote data centers, seemingly from the cloud of the Internet.
IBM will sell a suite of Web-based collaboration software for businesses, including contact management, instant messaging and file sharing programs, the computing giant’s biggest effort to date to sell software as a service.
IBM will charge companies $10 to $45 per user per month for its software suite, which it will host at its own data centers and deliver via the Web, a company executive said in an interview on Tuesday. The suit will be available April 7.
IBM Vice President Sean Poulley said “What you are seeing are the beginnings of the whole IBM company moving toward cloud computing,”