IBM Unveils World's First Multicloud Management Technology
IBM launched a new open technology designed to make it easier to manage, move and integrate apps across different cloud computing infrastructures. Multicloud Manager provides an operations console for companies as they increasingly incorporate public and private cloud capabilities with existing on-premises business systems.
According to a new report from IBM's Institute for Business Value, nearly all companies surveyed said they are using some form of cloud computing today, with 85 percent using more than one cloud environment. However, while the rush to cloud is significant, research from Ovum shows that 80 percent of mission-critical workloads and sensitive data are still running on on-premises business systems, held back by issues of performance and regulatory requirements.
To address this, IBM is introducing a new technology that helps enable companies to easily create harmonized, 'multicloud' systems, with increased visibility of business processes, governance and security. The solution is optimized on the IBM Cloud, but extends the ability of businesses to manage and integrate workloads on clouds from different providers such as Amazon, Red Hat and Microsoft.
Multicloud Manager runs on the company's IBM Cloud Private platform which is based on Kubernetes container orchestration technology, an open-source approach for 'wrapping' apps in containers thereby making them easier and cheaper to manage across different cloud environments, from on-premises systems to the public cloud. Last week IBM announced that hundreds of global organizations have turned to IBM Cloud Private to help transform their organizations.
Now, with Multicloud Manager, IBM is extending those capabilities to interconnect different clouds, even from different providers, creating unified systems designed for increased consistency, automation and predictability. At the heart of the new solution is a first of a kind dashboard interface for effectively managing thousands of Kubernetes applications and spanning huge volumes of data regardless of where in the organization they are located.