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Increasingly, companies are adopting hybrid cloud strategies so they can modernize their applications with innovative technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), blockchain, Internet of Things (IoT) and analytics.
That’s why our focus remains on helping enterprises across every industry easily and securely modernize, migrate and build cloud-native applications at their own pace, while also tapping into innovative services including AI, blockchain, IoT and analytics.
Introducing new IBM Cloud services
Helping development teams unlock new value and deliver new applications and experiences faster is a major priority for businesses when adopting cloud. IBM is delivering new services for developers that are built on a foundation of open source technology and Kubernetes.
This includes the launch of IBM Cloud Databases to provide developers with fully managed databases that deliver an integrated experience for access control, backup orchestration, encryption key management, auditing and isolation. This scalable database solution built around Kubernetes is innovative in that it is designed to give teams greater control to dynamically configure disk, memory or compute depending on application requirements, without compromising security controls needed to protect company data. PostgreSQL and Redis are available today, and when combined with our existing data services, including Db2 on Cloud, Cloudant and our new serverless IBM Cloud SQL Query solution over IBM Cloud Object Storage, the IBM Cloud has all the foundational data services that enterprises need.
Additionally, IBM is launching IBM Log Analysis with LogDNA to provide developers with tools designed to help them easily configure, search and gain insights from applications. Cloud Foundry Enterprise Environment (CFEE) is now generally available to help enterprises run Cloud Foundry in a public isolated environment, while natively integrating with other IBM Cloud services such as AI, blockchain and IoT.
All of these new services, along with mission-critical production workloads of the IBM Watson and IBM Blockchain platforms, are built on the IBM Cloud Kubernetes Service, demonstrating the continued investment and leadership of IBM in running Kubernetes workloads, as well as reinforcing our commitment to building IBM Cloud as an open platform.
Launching new features for increased efficiency
While most enterprises turn to the cloud for high-value services instead of cost savings alone, it can be easy for enterprises to overestimate capacity needs and risk overspending on cloud. That’s why IBM is announcing new enhancements to its virtual servers as well as reducing prices to help enterprises maximize cost efficiency and resource utilization.
Our new features include suspend billing to temporarily pause your virtual server when it’s not being used, ultimately helping to keep costs down and minimize the time it takes to restart; reserved virtual servers to “reserve” a set of virtual machines at a one-year or three-year advance commitment; placement groups for virtual servers to eliminate single points of failure by spreading virtual servers across different hosts; and transient virtual servers to enable users to purchase unused cloud infrastructure resources at a discounted rate.
To address compliance requirements for customers in the healthcare sector, additional IBM Cloud services are HIPAA-ready, including the IBM Cloud Kubernetes Service, IBM Cloud Databases, IBM Cloud Object Storage and IBM Key Protect.
The new features and services we’re rolling out today are a part of our continued investments into the IBM Cloud. There is much more to come as we deliver new offerings and enhancements to intelligently and securely guide our customers through their journey to the cloud.
Get a deeper dive into the new features and services we announced today: