Seeing clients use IBM Cloud Private to transform their businesses over the past 12 months has been remarkable. Hundreds of enterprises across the world have used the platform to build cloud-native applications, integrate data across public and private clouds, keep sensitive workloads behind their firewalls, and modernize applications.
Talking to these clients, it is clear that most enterprises view their future cloud environments as being both hybrid and multicloud. A hybrid approach enables teams to run applications across private, dedicated and multitenant public cloud infrastructures, while a multicloud approach embraces multiple vendors to support a breadth of enterprise workloads.
The cloud is becoming a broader landscape, one that fully encompasses public and private resources, the capabilities of multiple vendors, and the ability to deploy applications based on the needs of specific workloads.
To help clients thrive in this multicloud environment, IBM is pulling back the curtain on a powerful new solution.
Introducing IBM Multicloud Manager
IBM Multicloud Manager is the enterprise-grade multicloud management solution for Kubernetes. It is based on Kubernetes community direction and includes many advanced capabilities for running enterprise-grade environments.
For example, improving visibility across multicloud infrastructures, offering built-in support for compliance management and enabling consistent application management.
The need for multicloud management
While IBM has long embraced open source technology, there are some serious IT challenges that Kubernetes alone does not address. Based on our extensive work with enterprises, we have identified three key challenges often found in multicloud environments that can be overcome with IBM Multicloud Manager.
With so many clusters across so many environments, many organizations aren’t getting the required visibility into their containerized software. They also can’t see where services are running, how to monitor usage across multiple clouds or how to keep track of clusters as if they were on a single environment.
The solution. IBM Multicloud Manager helps improve visibility across all Kubernetes environments. This means that every team has better visibility into the information it requires. Development teams can see deployments, pods and Helm releases. Operations teams can look at clusters and nodes. Security teams can see who has access to which features using a single user interface. All of this means organizations will no longer have to manually check each cluster to see what is happening in their environments. Rather, they can simply view the dashboard within IBM Multicloud Manager.
Managing governance with Kubernetes clusters across multiple clouds can be a challenge. Businesses are looking for a way to set consistent security policies across all environments. There is the additional challenge of managing configurations and placing workloads appropriately based on compliance or capability.
The solution. IBM Multicloud Manager helps teams manage environments with a consistent set of configuration and security policies so that an increase in the number of clusters does not result in a change. These policies are enforced at the target clusters. This means they can operate effectively even when connectivity to the management system is lost.
While Kubernetes has some great automation capabilities of its own, some businesses still lack crucial capabilities such as the ability to back up applications, options for managing disaster recovery or the ability to easily move workloads across environments.
The solution. IBM Multicloud Manager – a key offering within IBM Cloud Pak for Multicloud Management – uses multicloud automation services to provision, configure and deliver individual Kubernetes clusters as a service.
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