IBM makes it easier to move data across hybrid cloud environment

The new Power Systems servers are designed with hybrid cloud in mind.

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IBM's LinuxONE server on display at LinuxCon North America (Toronto)

Credit: Swapnil Bhartiya

Hybrid clouds are becoming more and more popular. Organizations use a mix of private, public and on premise datacenter to better utilize resources and offload work on pay-as-you go clouds like AWS. Now IBM has come out with two Power Systems (E870C and E880) that are designed around cloud and enable customers to take full advantage of hybrid cloud.

“A hybrid cloud model enables clients to continuously adapt while also optimizing on-premises investments. IBM is uniquely able to support the flexibility clients need across IBM Systems and the cloud,” said Tom Rosamilia, senior vice president, IBM Systems in a press release.

The new Power Systems come with OpenStack based cloud management and elasticity capabilities that enable customers to turn their local IT infrastructure into a local cloud with AIX, IBM i and Linux workloads. These systems also make it easier for customers to move data, applications and services across a hybrid cloud environment.

IBM is also offering SaaS (Software as a Service) based analytics solution, called z Systems Operational Insights that help customers keep an eye on application performance and cloud efficiency. Customers can access performance data through a GUI based dashboard, which allows them to optimize performance of their cloud to better suit their business needs.

z Systems Operational Insights also come with IBM OMEGAMON Application Performance Management to quickly identify problem areas in hybrid cloud workload for quicker mitigation. Customers get real time operational data through Common Data Provider.

Customers can use a mix of solutions by leading software vendors. Canonical’s Ubuntu OpenStack is available on LinuxONE, z Systems, Power Systems and OpenPOWER-based systems, including the new line of LC servers.

Mirantis customers will be able to bring their OpenStack based private cloud management to the POWER platform. IBM and Mirantis are working together to develop reference architectures enabling Mirantis OpenStack customers to manage compute nodes hosted on IBM Power Systems servers, and to validate a host of core applications to run its OpenStack private cloud.

Red Hat customers will be able to use Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat Virtualization, and Red Hat Enterprise Linux High Availability on IBM Power Systems.

In a nutshell, irrespective of what open source solution you use, IBM’s new systems will support it. The only player missing from this announcement is SUSE that has its own OpenStack Cloud as well as SUSE Linux Enterprise offering. SUSE was one of the first distros to offer initial support for KVM on IBM's LinuxONE mainframe

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