November 16, 2016 | Written by: Wayne Correa
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Today, we are pleased to announce the latest version of IBM Cloud Brokerage. IBM Cloud Brokerage and its related products, ranging from hardware to service support, simplify cloud management. The updated platform enables IT organizations to more easily procure and provision software and computing resources from multiple cloud services providers and other suppliers—all from a single, easy-to-navigate dashboard.
Organizations can capitalize on the choice and agility that the cloud provides, without sacrificing control or abandoning existing investments. Cloud brokerage enables them to successfully balance the yin and yang of cloud computing and traditional IT. The results are reduced risk, increased speed and agility and lower operating costs.
With IBM Cloud Brokerage, IT can aid in the selection of the right cloud offerings by giving users access to cloud brokerage decision analytic tools. These tools compare the capability, performance, and price differences between providers, allowing users to make an informed choice and allowing organizations to balance user flexibility with appropriate controls and governance.
The latest update to IBM Cloud Brokerage builds on the current robust set of capabilities. Highlights include:
- Platform hardening and stabilization with improved VM operations and front-node scalability, deployment validation and test automation as well as tools to simplify the provider onboarding process
- Enhanced data encryption for both data at rest and data in motion and password compliance for improved security
- Enhanced support for Microsoft ARM Azure provisioning, automated billing and screening API
- Enhanced screen-and-compare functions to enable custom questions and weighted factors to help make recommendations
- Expansion to enable additional service provider support, including integration with IBM Cloud Orchestrator
Enhancing a robust feature set
These new features enhance existing IBM Cloud Brokerage capabilities. Its IT as a Service Catalog comes preloaded with public cloud providers and the APIs required to keep the pricing up-to-date. Users can add any existing on- or off-premise solution, creating a single, dynamic marketplace for all IT services. Within its catalog, IT administrators can easily add vendor-specific contract terms and pricing rules, giving an accurate view of current and project costs.
Using these features allows IT to standardize and automate the entire IT value chain into three simpler phases:
- Plan: assess, compare, and design
- Buy: source, procure, and deliver
- Manage: govern, bill, and analyze
Together, the new features extend existing capabilities of IBM Cloud Brokerage. CIOs and CTOs can transform their IT organizations and deliver a unified, compliant IT consumption and delivery experience for all users.
To learn more about IBM Cloud Brokerage, visit this website. To see a live demo of Cloud Brokerage, please click here.