IBM releases Cloud Private platform to create cloud native environment
Wed 1 Nov 2017
IBM has released a private cloud software platform designed to accelerate app development through on-premises services that behave like the public cloud.
It hopes that the platform will extend cloud-native tools across both public and private clouds, as well as ‘unlocking’ billions of dollars in investment in core data and applications.
The platform takes advantage of increasingly popular container technology, using the near ubiquitous Kubernetes architecture. It aims to allow businesses to access core data and applications on enterprise software such as WebSphere, an IBM legacy technology.
Though built on Kubernetes, the platform will also support Docker and Cloud Foundry, with the intention of facilitating ‘integration and portability of workloads as they evolve to any cloud environment, including the public IBM Cloud.’
Alongside the release of the platform, IBM also announced new ‘container-optimised’ versions of some of its core enterprise software packages, such as WebSphere Liberty, Db2 and MQ. According to the firm, this hybrid approach will allow for better use of these applications.
A financial services organisation, for instance, could take advantage of the private cloud environment in order to keep its data in-house to meet regulatory requirements, but use analytics tools and machine learning that are only available on the public cloud to look into trends and forecasting.
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IBM expects organisations to increase investment into private cloud environments, forecasting a spend of more than $50 billion (approx. £37 billion) on private cloud by enterprise businesses globally in 2017. This will be especially true in regulated industries such as finance and healthcare, it predicts.
IBM hybrid cloud senior VP, Arvind Krishna, commented: “Innovation and adoption of public cloud services have been constrained by the challenge of transitioning complex enterprise systems and applications into a true cloud-native environment.
“IBM Cloud Private brings rapid application development and modernization to existing IT infrastructure and positions it to be combined with the services and experience of a public cloud platform.”
Key features of the new platform include automated cloud management systems, encryption tools, integrated data and analytics ability, and application support and DevOps tools.