March 16, 2016 | Written by: Claudio Tagliabue
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At InterConnect 2016, IBM realigned its software and hardware offerings towards hybrid cloud, strengthening IBM’s position as a hybrid cloud leader. It’s not surprising, then, to see the PureApplication family at the center of this change, as PureApplication already has a proven record as the hybrid platform of choice for our customers around the world.
One of the cornerstones of this year’s conference was strategy for the PureApplication family, and how it is changing towards open technologies. PureApplication V.2.2 was announced, and here are the two key messages I took away:
- The PureApplication System can host all types of pattern-based workloads, including the introduction of open patterns.
- IBM Bluemix Local
- Blue Box (currently in beta)
- IBM open patterns
- The PureApplication family addition introduces enhanced hybrid-cloud capabilities and higher-usage flexibility, confirming that hybrid workloads are the future.
A single appliance for all types of workloads
PureApplication is opening to new type of workloads and patterns.
It is now possible to carve out a portion of your PureApplication System and run it on top of Bluemix Local.
If this wasn’t enough, IBM also utilized the recent acquisition of Blue Box to allow customers to run a local version of a Blue Box-managed OpenStack runtime on PureApplication System.
And finally, as part of the wider hybrid cloud strategy, IBM launches IBM open patterns, and PureApplication is the primary deployment target for these patterns.
IBM open patterns are, to use an analogy, like HEAT templates on steroids: starting from OpenStack technology and adding on additional capabilities like version control, graphic design editing, configuration and lifecycle management.
What does this all mean to you? IBM can provide a multi-pattern strategy, and PureApplication System can be a single appliance for both cloud-native and cloud-enabled workloads.
A true hybrid cloud through enhanced capabilities
With the introduction of PureApplication System, PureApplication Service on SoftLayer and PureApplication Software last year, the PureApplication family gave customers true hybrid cloud capabilities for workload deployment.
The focus this year has been to listen to the experiences of our customers, and to add and enhance features required to meet customers’ business needs and initiatives.
For this reason, a new Docker engine (V1.10) is supported as well as Docker Registry V2.2 and Docker Trusted Registry V1.4.
Another powerful introduction is chargeback tracking, which can allow customers to track resource usages for each business unit and organization.
And the list doesn’t stop there. Also new to PureApplication:
– PureApplication Service can now support more than one cloud group within the same domain.
– Enhanced subdomains are supported to distribute patterns across more than one PureApplication System. Patterns can now be distributed across up to 4 systems.
– Shared services can now be distributed across subdomains.
– Disaster recovery replication can now go over existing IP-based WAN connectivity (across racks and data centers).
– Power8-based PureApplication Systems now support Power (Little Endian) Linux
In summary, the PureApplication family, together with Bluemix, can be used to show the path IBM is taking to confirm its leadership position in the hybrid-cloud market.
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