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We recently announced that IBM Bluemix Private Cloud, formerly IBM Blue Box Cloud, would deliver OpenStack Mitaka to our customers. We promised to bring you the latest and greatest stable release of OpenStack, with a seamless managed upgrade process. Now, all of our clients are leveraging Mitaka’s new capabilities, and the upgrade processes were non-disruptive events for our clients.
How were we so confident that we’d deliver on this promise? Our private cloud service was acquired by IBM for our operational management expertise. We upgrade OpenStack for our day job, in addition to carrying out countless new deployments and expansions for our clients. As a managed private cloud service, this is business as usual for our operations staff.
As a true DevOps team, our operational excellence isn’t the only accomplishment worth celebrating. We’ve also developed and delivered new capabilities and performance enhancements for our IBM Bluemix Private Cloud. Here’s a sneak peek into some of the latest features that our IBM Bluemix Private Cloud and Bluemix Private Cloud Local customers can expect:
- Multi-cloud management, simplified: Recently, we introduced an OpenStack Keystone to Keystone Federated Identity service. This allows clients to securely access and manage multiple clouds from one integrated view, using a single credential. We’ve further enhanced this service with Federated Keystone-Idp. You can now leverage existing identity management and authentication infrastructure to manage your IBM Bluemix Private Cloud identity and authorization with ease. Our Federated Keystone capability uses industry-standard federation protocols, including OpenID-Connect and the newly-introduced SAML2.0 protocol. Using SAML2.0, you can log in with your enterprise credentials, without having to send your password to your IBM Bluemix Private Clouds– or replicate your credentials to multiple clouds. In essence, managing multiple clouds has never been more simple, flexible, or secure.
- High-performance storage, tailored to your needs: You may have heard that we offer a variety of OpenStack storage models that help our clients select the options that best suit their use cases. Our options have expanded even further: Customers with diverse storage requirements can now leverage both SSD and cost-effective Hybrid storage pools together in the same cloud. You can also match your workloads’ IOPS requirements to the optimal block storage pool, for greater customization and control. We’ve also upgraded our Ceph block storage option to the Jewel release, which delivers improved, leading-edge performance (IOPS) for block storage. This upgrade also enables customers to unlock improved stability to run their high-performance workloads.
- Lenovo hardware: Many IBM clients choose Lenovo hardware to power their data center environments, and with good reason. To enable client success across the enterprise, our joint alliance delivers innovative solutions, top-notch quality, and exceptional support. That’s why we’re excited to announce that, in addition to our Cisco UCS platform and support for IBM Bluemix Local System, an all-new, Lenovo-curated bill of materials has been added to our portfolio. You can now enjoy more hardware options for deploying your business-critical workloads in your IBM Bluemix Private Cloud Local environment.
- Enterprise-grade security for an enterprise-grade private cloud: Data sovereignty plays a critical factor in maintaining an effective private cloud environment. IBM Bluemix Private Cloud is committed toward providing clients with a security-rich, OpenStack-private cloud, to help you achieve your security control objectives. In addition to being HIPAA-ready, IBM Bluemix Private Cloud is now ISO 27001 and ISO 27018 compliant. We’ve also successfully completed SOC II and SOC III external audits, to further safeguard your information. You can learn more about our latest certifications in this recent blog post.
Bluemix Private Cloud and Bluemix Private Cloud Local (formerly Blue Box Dedicated and Local) deliver a managed private cloud infrastructure designed with the simplicity of a public cloud to meet user expectations while also providing the pathway to a hybrid cloud. Our Dedicated solution provides dedicated infrastructure in IBM Cloud data centers around the world, while our Local solution delivers the power of managed OpenStack to your on-premises data center of choice. Learn more by visiting our newly-revamped Bluemix Private Cloud pages.