IBM Advancing Hybrid Cloud
IBM has just announced the introduction of new systems and solutions for the cloud with their latest offerings allowing clients to capitalize on private cloud environments as they simultaneously utilize the IBM Cloud for balancing of workloads necessary due to shifting business demands. Included in their cloud-ready offerings is a new line of Power Systems for IBM Cloud which incorporates integrated solutions that enable clients to extend workloads to the IBM Cloud, and IMB Spectrum Protect with new performance optimization for cloud storage pools. Providing a complete hybrid cloud strategy, IBM promises advanced hardware solutions along with IBM Cloud in an effort to help businesses get the most from technological infrastructures.
In a statement to CloudTweaks, says Scott Crowder, CTO & Vice President, IBM Systems, “The shift to cognitive and cloud will have huge implications for IT. In order to pull meaningful insight out of data, businesses need IT infrastructure that can handle the data and processing requirements of new cognitive technologies. In order to take meaningful actions based on those insights, businesses need IT infrastructure that can integrate rapidly-created applications built in the cloud with core enterprise business processes and data. IBM today introduced on-premises offerings designed for hybrid cloud environments, delivering new infrastructure that is optimized for Big Data and cognitive workloads.”
The Hybrid Cloud Era
(IBM Edge – Photo by IBM)
Recognizing business’ investment in cloud technologies across all industries for its improved efficiency, greater innovation, and effortless growth, IBM asserts that clients are looking for a blend of private cloud, public cloud, and traditional IT platforms, and so has developed new solutions to progress hybrid cloud integration. Launched at IBM Edge in Las Vegas this week, the new IBM cloud-ready systems, services and solutions simplify data movement, services, and applications across hybrid cloud environments. Says Tom Rosamilia, senior vice president, IBM Systems, “Today’s business environment is very dynamic and filled with disruption. A hybrid cloud model enables clients to continuously adapt while also optimizing on-premises investments. IBM is uniquely able to support the flexibility clients need across IBM Systems and the cloud.”
A recent survey found that the majority of the highest performing organizations measured utilize integrated or highly coordinated cloud initiatives and 92% of respondents stated that the most successful cloud projects allowed for the creation and support of new business models. However, even as cloud use expands, it’s expected that 45% of workloads will remain on dedicated on-premises systems. To this end, IBM’s new system offerings have been designed specifically for hybrid cloud:
- IBM Spectrum Copy Data Management and Protect encourages the agility and efficiency of operations and development through detailed but user-friendly management of data copies.
- Power Systems for cloud, with integrated OpenStack-based cloud management and elastic consumption models help customers transform IT infrastructure to a local cloud for IBM I, AIX, and Linux workloads.
- z Systems for cloud, a SaaS-based solution, aids users in better application and business decision making through trend data and embedded expertise on real performance data.
An Open Ecosystem
But IBM hasn’t limited its contribution to proprietary solutions only; supporting open communities and standards, IBM ensures clients have access t o a wide range of choices in the creation of an inclusive cloud strategy that best addresses their own business and marketplace demands. New and expanded collaborations spanning local and public cloud environments include:
- Joint engineering and deeper product collaboration with Red Hat.
- NGINX’s application delivery platform now supporting servers based on IBM’s POWER architecture.
- Hortonworks, one of the world’s leading big data platforms, is entering the marketplace with IBM to sell Hortonworks Hadoop distribution on POWER.
- The Canonical and IBM hybrid cloud partnership is expanding as Canonical makes Ubuntu OpenStack available on LinuxONE, z Systems, and Power Systems.
- IBM and Mirantis collaboration is set to develop reference architectures which allow Mirantis OpenStack to manage compute nodes hosted on IBM Power System servers, as well as validate many core applications to run its OpenStack private cloud.
With this array of new and advanced solutions, as well as many attractive collaborations, the hybrid cloud market continues its dynamic progress.
By Jennifer Klostermann