The new IBM Cloud OpenStack Services enable clients and developers to build applications that deliver security and scalability to meet fluctuating business demands in a public Cloud. This includes spikes in usage and Big Data requirements. Combined with IBM's existing offerings, clients and developers now have access to the broadest set of OpenStack services.
Through the IBM Cloud OpenStack Services, developers and clients will be able to launch applications on local, on-premises installations and now on public Clouds hosted on the SoftLayer infrastructure. This can all be done without changing code or configurations. As a result, developers can now build and test an application in a public Cloud and use the interoperability of OpenStack to seamlessly deploy that same application and data across hybrid Clouds including public, dedicated and local.
"Open technologies are paving the way for broader cloud adoption and enabling companies like Virdata to confidently deploy Clouds without the fear of vendor lock-in", stated Martin Braem, Virdata Lead for DevOps, Support and Professional Services. "IBM Cloud OpenStack Services gives us the ability to easily move OpenStack workloads across hybrid Clouds."
With Cloud adoption on the rise, major business complexities are being formed as hundreds of Clouds are created without the means to integrate applications and access data located in multiple locations, including their traditional data centres.
To address this, IBM has 500 developers dedicated to working on open Cloud projects to bring new Cloud innovations to market. Today, IBM is the only Cloud provider to combine OpenStack for hybrid Clouds including public, dedicated and local.
The new public Cloud services that are in beta today bring new capabilities to better serve developers and our clients with the following:
The announcement reinforces IBM's commitment to open Cloud services, where these offerings can be consumed though Bluemix and SoftLayer.
Through these IBM OpenStack Services that users can experience here, companies will be able to launch applications on local, on-premises installations, and on public, dedicated and local Clouds hosted on the IBM Cloud infrastructure.
As a top contributor to OpenStack, IBM firmly believes that an open cloud architecture translates into significant cost savings for our clients and will rapidly expand the Cloud marketplace", stated IBM Vice President of Cloud Architecture and Technology Dr. Angel Diaz. "By delivering a complete portfolio of OpenStack services to the market, we are enabling our clients with what they need to quickly move applications and data across multiple Cloud environments without fear of getting locked into a single Cloud environment."
The announcement builds on IBM's on going leadership within the OpenStack community. In fact, for Kilo, OpenStack's latest release, IBM:
One of IBM's most important contributions to OpenStack is enabling clients to continue to benefit from the interoperability of OpenStack environments through our leadership in the development of the compliance test tool - RefStack-client.
As IBM extends OpenStack Services, it is working with SAP to deploy enterprise solutions in the Cloud more quickly with economies of scale, all while realizing the benefits of an open Cloud platform. This is another example of IBM and SAP extending their partnership in the Cloud, bringing the enterprise to OpenStack.
IBM total Cloud revenue - covering public, private and hybrid engagements - was $7.7 billion over the previous 12 months at the end of March 2015; it grew more than 60 percent in first quarter 2015. IBM's Cloud delivered as a service business, a subset of the total, includes IaaS.