IBM Announces Systems and Expanded Partnerships for the Hybrid Cloud Era

IBM's Power e870c server

IBM's Power E870C server is aimed at private and public clouds. Credit IBM

To coincide with IBM's continued drive towards a hybrid cloud based world, the company and Red Hat made a decision to extend their collaboration. With integrated OpenStack-based cloud management and elastic consumption models, these new enterprise-class 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. A recent IBM Institute for Business Value executive report, titled "Tailoring hybrid cloud: Designing the right mix for innovation, efficiency and growth", found that 92 percent of executives surveyed said the most successful cloud projects enable the creation and support of new business models.

Big Blue has also rolled out a new Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) offering called IBM z Systems Operational Insights for the cloud. It is created to drive operational and development agility and efficiency across new and traditional applications by allowing detailed, easy-to-use management of data copies. This enables clients to leverage the efficiency of IBM Power Systems for data-driven workloads in a seamless and compatible way in their data center through Mirantis's OpenStack cloud management. IBM's original Spectrum Protect product has been expanded with cloud object storage options for use in hybrid cloud deployments. With Hortonworks HDP available on POWER8-based systems, IBM clients will have increased choice when selecting a top tier distribution for Hadoop and Spark, enabling them to fully exploit the performance, scalability and acceleration capabilities of the POWER8 platform.

The other two new LC servers are the IBM Power System S821LC, a 2 socket 1U system for high density computing, and the IBM Power System S822LC for Big Data.

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

IBM is now working with Mirantis to develop reference architectures. But IBM is packing in an extra set of features to make these systems reliable and flexible for public and private clouds.

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.

Perera notes that, given the fact that about half of all data will continue to run on premise cloud, computing by definition is going to be hybrid. As for Red Hat, IBM will work with the open-source provider to jointly build products based on Red Hat's portfolio, including Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Red Hat Virtualization. With this newly expanded collaboration, Red Hat and IBM also plan to allow improved compatibility between their platforms and to bring Red Hat's offerings to clients who previously only worked in distributed environments.

"The new IBM Power Systems - the 880, 870 and 850 - are in the high end of our line", said Satya Sharma, IBM Fellow and CTO, Power Systems.

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