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VMblog's Expert Interviews: IBM Talks IBM Cloud Private and its Breakthrough Integration and Management Engine

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IBM is making more news in the cloud with a new offering aimed directly at its massive installed base of enterprise customers running Java apps with Websphere or on DB2 who want to move legacy apps to cloud native architectures.  According to the news release, IBM Cloud Private introduces a breakthrough integration and management engine that, for the first time, makes it possible to seamlessly integrate software and services between private and public clouds. IBM Cloud Private is designed to accelerate the work of enterprise developers by providing easy, secure access to valuable data and applications behind the firewall through a flexible container-based architecture and extensive API-based catalog of services.

I asked Angel Diaz, VP of Developer Technology and Advocacy at IBM, to tell me more about the news.

VMblog:  What is the context for this announcement?  And why this offering at this time?

Angel Diaz:  We are in a multi-cloud world today. Private clouds are a meaningful part of virtually any enterprise IT strategy we encounter as far out as we can see. The motivation behind private cloud is not abstract - one is data control and compliance, another is risk and cost of moving or re-writing core systems that are proven and represent billions in investment.  We estimate that private cloud spending is running around $50B a year, growing 15-20% annually. So, this will approach a trillion dollars in total over the next decade. Customers want cloud native applications in the data center and in the cloud. We're making that possible.

VMblog:  What specifically are you announcing today?

Diaz:  IBM Cloud Private. It's a new offering designed to unlock billions of dollars of new value from data and processes now running on core IT systems, and needed by developers to fuel cloud apps. IBM Cloud Private combines open-source, cloud-native development and management tools with the power of existing systems and skills at the core of the enterprise like Websphere, DB2 and MQ software, not to mention the 12 million developers who work in Java. It transforms corporate IT systems into a flexible cloud environment that creates a bridge to almost any public cloud.

VMblog:  Can you talk about what's in it for developers?

Diaz:  Now, in minutes, developers can use IBM Private Cloud to spin up all the supporting services they need to build sophisticated enterprise apps with enterprise level security, privileged data access and control. It's a public cloud experience behind the fire wall - where developers can scroll through a catalog of apps and services that mirror those in the public cloud - everything they need incl. databases, runtimes, servers, storage and security services. This is a cloud solution built for the enterprise, tightly integrated with systems and software used by major companies. It's compatible with every major systems manufacturer and can be deployed on new or existing systems. No need to order special cloud servers. Developers can choose their data store. IBM Private Cloud works with popular databases -- MongoDB, PostgreSQL and IBM DB2 - for infusing core data into existing and new apps. It comes with new containerized versions of IBM enterprise software - WebSphere, DB2 and MQ -- to deliver true flexibility and deeper integration of management services with any cloud. 

Don't forget, IBM enjoys the confidence of tens of thousands of companies who use IBM middleware to run their business-critical applications, and hold data needed to fuel a wide range of apps:

  • 90% of Fortune 100 companies use WebSphere;
  • 70% of the Global 500 companies use the MQ messaging platform that allows apps and systems to communicate at very high speed;
  • 22 of the top 25 banks in the world use IBM's Db2, a flexible, massively scalable DB2 that provides twice the price performance of other cloud alternatives (incl AWS).

VMblog:  Finally, can you give us an example of a use case IBM had in mind to help developers with this new offering?

Diaz:  IBM Private Cloud supports a wide range of use cases. Let me talk about one example that many enterprises face, how to extend existing applications to mobile. For privacy reasons I can't name this customer, but a major airline we work with might have a frequent flyer program that runs on its core systems and it wants to keep it that way because it contains customer details. With IBM Cloud Private, the airline could transition this application to a cloud-native environment, breaking apart pieces of this monolithic application into microservices and securely connecting it via APIs to a mobile app. Flight attendants could use this mobile app to identify during a flight frequent flyers and make sure they get the attention they deserve. The daunting task of bringing the core application in the cloud and breaking it into microservices could be done in months instead of a year or more.

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Published Wednesday, November 01, 2017 11:03 AM by David Marshall
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