IBM has announced its new software platform that is essentially a private cloud platform meant to bridge the gap between a Public Cloud and traditional IT environments.

IBM Cloud Private uses Kubernetes, open-source container architecture, with support for both Docker and Cloud Foundry containers, to enable integration and portability of workloads to any cloud environment, including IBM Cloud.

Bear in mind that Kubernetes, which was originally developed by Google and recently supported by IBM Cloud, has been used by most major companies including Amazon, Microsoft, VMware and others.

According to IBM, this allowed the company to cover three primary workloads identified by enterprise clients and allow it to cover all three workload styles by:

  1. Deliver packaged workloads for traditional middleware with initial support for IBM Db2, IBM MQ, Redis, and several other open source packages.
  2. Support API connectivity from 12-factor apps to managed API endpoints within your existing datacenter.
  3. Support development and delivery of modern 12-factor apps with Microservice Builder.

The Cloud Private also comes with enhanced support to run CPU-intensive capabilities like machine learning or data analytics with GPU clusters.

IBM clearly intends to take advantage of the growing private cloud adoption, which the company estimates it grow significantly in years to come, with an estimate that enterprises will spend more than US $50 billion.

Some of the key features offered by IBM Cloud Private include the cloud management automation, security and data encryption, core cloud platform with a container engine, Kubernetes orchestration, Cloud Foundry and essential management tools, all fully integrated and automated, infrastructure choice, with compatibility with Cisco, Dell EMC, Intel, Lenovo, NetApp, as well as IBM Systems like IBM Power Systems, IBM Z and IBM Hyperconverged Systems, data and analytics, with integration with database services like IBM Db2, PostgreSQL and MongoDB, and application support and DevOps tools, like BM WebSphere Liberty, Open Liberty, MQ and Microservice Builder and APM, Netcool and UrbanCode.

Some of the first IBM Cloud Private customers are the Hertz Corporation and Ilmarinen, a Finland pensions company.

IBM pushes to the cloud and open source

IBM has been pushing hard into both cloud and open source markets with the recent announcements for the Grafeas project with Google that should help developers with container security, the Open Liberty, an open-source version of WebSphere Liberty Java application server and the founding of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation.

According to Q3 2017 data from Synergy Synergy Research Group, cloud market has grown by 40 percent compared to the last year with Amazon Web Services (AWS) leading the way. Microsoft, Google, and Alibaba managed to significantly gain market share but IBM has managed to keep its position as the third largest cloud provider, especially due to its private cloud services.

With Cloud Private, IBM obviously wants to maintain its position or even improve it in the coming years.

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