IBM’s new hybrid cloud solutions: main things to know

Enterprise IT solutions major IBM today announced new systems and services to boost its hybrid cloud business.

IBM is trying to tap the customer demands for a blend of public cloud, private cloud and traditional IT platforms. IBM said its new solutions help deepen this hybrid cloud integration.

“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,” said Tom Rosamilia, senior vice president, IBM Systems.

IBM has also shared experience from its enterprise clients which are benefitting from its systems to optimize their operations or support changing business demands.

HealthPlan Services, a healthcare technology company in the U.S, has implemented a hybrid cloud solution to address a new space in the market created by the Affordable Care Act. HealthPlan Services administers more than 30 percent of the Individual On/Off Exchange insurance market, as well as a significant percentage of the Group Insurance market.

“Our triple-digit growth directly correlates to our technology strategy and how our hybrid cloud architecture has fueled business innovation,” said Michael Lawley SVP of IT at HealthPlan Services.

IBM offers for hybrid cloud

Power Systems for cloud

With integrated OpenStack-based cloud management and elastic consumption models, IBM Power Systems for the cloud enable clients to transform their IT infrastructure to a local cloud for AIX, IBM i and Linux workloads and extend them with rapid access to compute services in the IBM Cloud.

z Systems for cloud

The new SaaS-based offering provides analytic insights on cloud operations for efficiency and application performance. It allows users to make better business and application decisions based on trends and embedded expertise on performance data through a GUI dashboard.

The IBM Common Data Provider enables z Systems operational data to be efficiently consumed in near real time by the clients’ cloud or local enterprise operational analytics platform.

IBM Spectrum Copy Data Management and Protect

The IBM Spectrum Copy Data Management solution drives operational and development agility and efficiency across new and traditional applications by allowing detailed, easy-to-use management of data copies. IBM Spectrum Protect has expanded its hybrid cloud solution integration with cloud object storage options for use in hybrid cloud deployments.

Hybrid Cloud partnerships

Canonical and IBM are extending their alliance to make Ubuntu OpenStack available on LinuxONE, z Systems, Power Systems and OpenPOWER-based systems, including the new line of LC servers.

IBM and Hortonworks will make Hortonworks Hadoop distribution available on POWER. This will allow clients to utilize Open Enterprise Hadoop as a complementary component of their data architectures.

Mirantis and IBM will develop reference architectures enabling Mirantis OpenStack to manage compute nodes hosted on IBM Power Systems servers, and to validate core applications to run its OpenStack private cloud.

NGINX’s application delivery platform supports servers based on IBM’s POWER architecture, with the latest release of its commercial load balancer and web accelerator software, NGINX Plus R10.

Red Hat and IBM are expanding their alliance to better help clients embrace hybrid cloud. The two companies plan to deliver solutions built on key components of Red Hat’s portfolio of open source products.

Baburajan K