October 16, 2014 | Written by: Angel Luis Diaz
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We’re nearing a critical inflection point. The convergence of technologies like cloud, analytics, mobile, and social business is a phenomena that will literally transform industries. Customers and vendors that fail to leverage this unique opportunity to drive business model innovation will be left behind.
Most of the clients I talk to get it. However, they’re struggling to strike the right balance between optimization and innovation:
• On one side are traditional, back-office applications and workloads. We call these “Systems of Record.” If you are a retailer, think of your warehouse inventory records; if you are a healthcare provider, think of your patient records; if you are an insurer, your claims records, etc. In addition, there are traditional IT applications for customer relationship management, and finance and accounting systems, to name a few. These workloads are not going away. In some cases, clients want to move these traditional workloads to a cloud-based environment for greater efficiency, flexibility and access.
• On the other side, we have newer “Systems of Engagement.” For online retailers, customers can browse what is in their stores, recommend items and complete transactions via their phones; insurers have new mobile apps where customers can file accident claims via their mobile devices; and so on. These new mobile and social apps require an infrastructure where they can be quickly developed, deployed, modified, and redeployed. And then of course, you want to turn the data generated from these applications into insights that can be acted on.
Hybrid cloud is the future
IBM’s point of view is that the future will be a hybrid world of traditional IT, private and public clouds that enables composable business. This will be a dynamic cloud environment, one that is constantly adapting to meet new requirements. And one that leverages the speed and cost benefits of a public cloud; the security and control of a private cloud; and maximizes return on existing IT investments.
Dynamic hybrid cloud changes the way work gets done across roles:
• Business leaders: Choose market leading services (in house and external) to quickly and easily implement business process changes, leverage new ways to engage with customers, and even define entirely new business models.
• Developers: Build applications quickly and integrate them on or off premises using a robust set of tools for service composition to assemble composable services and APIs.
• IT Leaders: Leverage a self-optimizing dynamic hybrid environment to securely deploy and move applications and data across IT, private and public cloud without the need for manual intervention while delivering the scalability and elasticity required.
Open by design
Dynamic hybrid clouds demand a different approach… one that is not vendor specific or proprietary. They must be based on open technologies, be secure, and be responsive. Supporting and building on open technologies is in our DNA. IBM is a leader in open cloud technologies like OpenStack, Cloud Foundry and Docker which will play an increasingly critical role as the foundational elements of hybrid cloud environments.
Why is this important? An open approach provides you flexibility to deploy your services across a wide range of platforms. You also get to leverage broad communities and ecosystems to accelerate innovation. Time and energy can be spent on invention not reinvention. Implement unique services that deliver value to your customers by building on open cloud technologies that are already available.
OpenStack Juno is here!
Momentum for open cloud technology continues to accelerate. Another key milestone was announced today with the availability of the OpenStack Juno release.
(Related: A guide to the OpenStack Juno release)
This latest release continues the drive to deliver enterprise features for security, automation, reliability and availability. More than 100 IBM developers were dedicated to the Juno release, participating in thousands of code reviews, fixing hundreds of bugs and contributing to dozens of new features. Here are a few examples of IBM’s contributions:
- In support of hybrid cloud environments, IBM contributed new enhancements to enable multiple clouds to work together using industry standard identity federation protocols.
- IBM expanded audit support across several OpenStack projects by leveraging the DMTF Cloud Audit Data Federation (CADF)
- IBM contributors led the design for the new V2.1 API, simplifying future changes and ensuring backwards compatibility.
- IBM was a lead contributor to Refstack, a project focused on assessing and certifying OpenStack interoperability.
The OpenStack ecosystem continues to experience outstanding growth—the Juno release had more than 1,500 contributors! You can learn more about OpenStack’s momentum and IBM’s contributions to Juno in Brad Topol’s blog.
Juno will be a major theme of the OpenStack Summit that will be held in Paris Nov. 3-7. IBM will have a major presence at the summit so I hope to see you there.
(Related: IBM technical sessions at the OpenStack Summit)
Join the party
I encourage you to engage and be proactive. Help us shape and accelerate the adoption of dynamic hybrid cloud computing:
These are exciting times full of promise and opportunities. IBM is a trusted partner you can count on to lead the way.