IBM has announced new hybrid cloud strategies technology and investments that will tackle the biggest challenges enterprises face as they adopt cloud and integrate existing applications, data and services across a multiple of traditional systems and clouds.
IBM will deliver a series of technology and services that will extend clients’ control, visibility, security and governance in a hybrid cloud environment similar to what clients have done in their private cloud and traditional IT systems. Also, the company will provide increased data portability across environments and make it easier for developers to work across cloud and non-cloud environments.
“IBM is now dedicating the talents of more than half of its cloud development team to hybrid cloud innovations,” the company said.
Bringing Portability to Enterprise Applications
New portability services and open standards to easily move enterprise workloads across environments to bring the app closer to the data or the data closer to the app, including:
IBM Enterprise Containers
Help developers rapidly build and deliver applications by extending native Linux containers with Docker APIs to provide enterprise –class visibility, control and security as well as an added level of automation.
Control, Visibility & Security
New services that extend clients’ traditional environment to the public cloud, including:
IBM DataWorks: New, intuitive tooling and experience to find, refine, enrich and deliver trusted data. This allows developers to subdivide and manipulate data sets from the treasure trove of public and private data.
Collaborative Operations: Enhanced visibility and control of clients’ hybrid environments with a single, end-to-end view.
Orchestration: Available as a service enabling management across hybrid environments that is the largest federated orchestration library in the industry.
Security: New features that protect the most vital data and applications using analytics across the enterprise, public and private clouds and mobile devices.
Increasing Developer Productivity
New services that enable developers to more quickly, effectively, and securely connect apps, data and services across an open and flexible environment of traditional systems, cloud platforms and any device, seamlessly weaving data and services with APIs to compose new apps and services, including:
Secure Passport Gateway: Allows self-service to developers to securely connect data and services to Bluemix in minutes through a simple Passport service that keeps IT in control.
API Harmony: Find a perfect API match for a client’s application using the world’s largest knowledge base of APIs; easily expose and manage APIs.
Bluemix Local: Extends Bluemix into a company’s data center with borderless visibility and management across Bluemix environments (public, dedicated, and local)
IBM also unveiled the Watson Zone, a new resource center on Bluemix that brings together Watson APIs, sample code, training resources.