Want CNET to notify you of price drops and the latest stories?

IBM opens on-demand lab

Customers can experiment with provisioning servers in Big Blue's lab.

Stephen Shankland principal writer
Stephen Shankland has been a reporter at CNET since 1998 and writes about processors, digital photography, AI, quantum computing, computer science, materials science, supercomputers, drones, browsers, 3D printing, USB, and new computing technology in general. He has a soft spot in his heart for standards groups and I/O interfaces. His first big scoop was about radioactive cat poop.
Expertise processors, semiconductors, web browsers, quantum computing, supercomputers, AI, 3D printing, drones, computer science, physics, programming, materials science, USB, UWB, Android, digital photography, science Credentials
  • I've been covering the technology industry for 24 years and was a science writer for five years before that. I've got deep expertise in microprocessors, digital photography, computer hardware and software, internet standards, web technology, and other dee
Stephen Shankland

IBM has opened a laboratory to let customers experiment with technology to make computing systems more flexible and efficient, the company announced Monday. The on-demand technology center near Washington, D.C., lets customers simulate their own equipment under the control of IBM's Tivoli Intelligent Orchestrator.

The technology addresses a hot area of technological development called "provisioning," which controls the software running on a group of servers to make sure important jobs get the resources they need.