IBM kills its Education Cloud after just two-and-a-bit years

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IBM has killed its Cloud for Education – a work it launched conscionable 2 years agone and touted arsenic "infrastructure and services for world and investigation laboratory compute needs."

IBM Cloud for Education offered a fistful of research-centric VM types pre-configured pinch apps for illustration its ain SPSS statistical software.

Big Blue launched nan work successful April 2021, erstwhile it stated "As acquisition institutions modulation to distant learning owed to nan changing quality of acquisition aliases nan pandemic, it is basal to make computing laboratory resources accessible off-campus."

On June 30, pinch acquisition institutions erstwhile again operating from their beingness campuses, IBM announced it has deprecated nan service, effective immediately.

Big Blue's FAQ asks why it's closing nan work and answers arsenic follows:

The work will run arsenic accustomed until November 30, 2023. Users person been urged to person a chat pinch IBM astir what they do adjacent – Big Blue promises it will beryllium successful touch, but has already warned nan chats will each impact really to migrate information and workloads.

IBM's cloudy history is complex. In 2013 nan elder of nan IT segment realized it was trailing hyperscale rivals badly, truthful acquired IaaS usability SoftLayer and made it nan instauration of its ain nationalist cloud.

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SoftLayer turned retired not to run aliases standard arsenic good arsenic hoped, earning IBM a laggard status from expert patient Gartner. Big Blue truthful baked a scheme for a next-generation unreality – but that was slow to look and ran alongside SoftLayer for a time, producing a confusing personification experience.

Reliability was besides not a beardown constituent for nan Big Blue cloud, which successful 2020 went down worldwide for a fistful of hours. Even nan service's position page went down, because it was hosted connected IBM unreality – an statement that suggested IBM does not grok nan resilience requirements of a nationalist cloud.

In 2022 Gartner was still unconvinced IBM had put its reliability issues down it, aliases vanished integration pinch Red Hat.

And present we are – pinch a two-and-a-bit-year-old work biting nan dust.

IBM whitethorn person a constituent that nan extremity of nan pandemic makes its Education Cloud little relevant, but a secular inclination crossed IT is for much workloads to spell cloudy. The FAQ's mentions of Dizzion and Citrix – some of which supply desktops-as-a-service – arsenic worthy alternatives to Education Cloud suggests vanilla DaaS proved much useful than IBM's offering. ®