Major Cloud Announcements
Is it possible to reach out and define your part in the cloud? IBM is doing just that. IBM has partnered with Vmware and others to mark out its lead in the cloud territory. Hosting its own InterConnect event in Las Vegas, IBM unveiled several large partnerships with Apple, Vmware, GitHub, Bitly, and Siemens. These partnerships will change IBM’s future in the growth of mobile and cloud services.
IBM and Apple
Collaborating since 2014, IBM and Apple have been developing enterprise mobility solutions together. Today, their collaborations and deals are surrounding their developer tools, specifically Apple’s programming language Swift and IBM’s current role in making it accessible in the cloud. It wasn’t long after Apple open sourced its Swift programming language that IBM launched its free browser-based online sandbox to help developers write code more easily. For the runtime environment, the IBM Swift Sandbox uses a Docker container, which allows Swift to live in the cloud. This makes it the first cloud provider to enable app development in Swift.
According to statements, IBM’s Swift Sandbox is now being used by 100,000 developers and has over half a million code runs. IBM is bringing this all together with its partnership with Apple to create a preview of a Swift runtime and a Swift Package Catalog to create enterprise apps.
IBM and VMware
IBM and VMware recently expanded their partnership to carve out a bigger role in cloud computing for both companies. The agreement will make it faster and easier for companies who use VMware’s virtualization products, to deploy and run them on one of IBM’s new cloud data centers. The idea is so those companies can directly connect their own data center to the cloud, making IBM’s services that much more attractive to VMware’s customers. Both sides will get better cloud access, and attract more clients.
VMware’s virtual services are attractive to many of IBM’s customers as they offer virtualization services. Virtualization allows one server to run many operating systems. This is cheaper and more efficient than on-premises computing, which would require the purchase, maintenance, and storage of these operating systems.
According to a recent release, ‘no two other companies can offer the same level of solutions to help customers consolidate their datacenters, run their business critical applications with confidence, and accelerate their journey to their own private cloud and the ability to leverage public cloud offerings.’
IBM and VMware share tens of thousands of customers across the globe from small businesses to multi-national enterprises. Their solution is the standard for many of the world’s top companies in their industries, including Financial Services, Retail, Manufacturing, Health Care, and Education, just to name a few.
By Tina Rose