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New IBM research shows that 85 percent of enterprises operate in a multicloud environment, which means companies are working across public, private and hybrid clouds. Yet the same survey shows that IT leaders at well over half of these companies acknowledge they do not have all the tools, processes or strategy in place to manage all of their cloud platforms.
That’s why IBM created IBM Multicloud Manager. It’s an enterprise-grade solution that can give businesses better visibility across all their cloud environments, including containerized software. With the planned IBM acquisition of Red Hat in 2019, the two companies will collectively offer a full infrastructure stack of servers, networking and mass data storage. Multicloud Manager helps improve security and governance with configuration tools throughout a multicloud deployment. It can also help businesses automate processes, including application backups, disaster recovery and moving workloads across all Kubernetes environments.
What’s the potential impact of IBM Multicloud Manager? Thoughts on Cloud asked a virtual roundtable of cloud experts and analysts to weigh in on the announcement and the future of multicloud. Participants included:
- Chris Penn, @cspenn: Chris Penn is an authority on digital marketing and marketing technology. He is a recognized thought leader, author and speaker, and has shaped three key fields in the marketing industry, including data-driven marketing, as well as PR and email marketing.
- Tony Flath, @TmanSpeaks: Tony Flath is a tech and media consultant whose aim is to help organizations keep their information protected, better make use of cloud computing and more effectively use various technologies and social media.
- Sriram Subramanian, @SriramHere: Sriram Subramanian is a technology executive with more than 15 years of experience in large and small companies in a variety of domains. His differentiation is the authenticity that comes with hands-on experience and the ability to drive bottoms-up decision making. His primary area of coverage is how cloud computing and container technology-based services are impacting modern enterprise IT.
- Jo Peterson, @DigitalCloudGal: Jo Peterson is the VP of Cloud Services for Clarify360, a boutique sourcing and benchmarking consultancy focused on transforming technology into business advantage by providing custom, end-to-end solutions from a portfolio of more than 170 suppliers globally. As an engineer and leading industry expert, Jo sources net new technology footprints and is an expert at optimizing and benchmarking existing environments.
- Bill Mew, @BillMew: Bill Mew is a leading advocate for digital ethics and digital transformation. In addition to campaigning for data privacy and other ethical issues in technology, he is also an evangelist for the transformational value that technology can provide. One of the top global influencers for a range of topics including #Privacy, #Govtech and #Cloud, he appears almost weekly on broadcast TV and radio, and is a prolific author of articles and blog posts, as well as being exceedingly socially engaged.
- Bill Jensen, @SimpletonBill: Bill Jensen, CEO of The Jensen Group, is Mr. Simplicity: He makes it easier to do great work. As an IBM futurist and influencer, Bill makes it easier to leap into tomorrow.
- Swarna Podila, @skpodila: Swarna Podila is Senior Director of Community at Cloud Foundry Foundation, where she leads community efforts fostering collaboration and kindness. Prioritizing people over technology, she focuses on finding the awesomeness and sharing it with everyone. Having previously worked as a product marketer and a software engineer, combined with a “People First” motto, she strives to build communities where everyone feels welcome.
Thoughts on Cloud: Do you see IBM Multicloud Manager as a game changer for the industry? How?
Bill Jensen: Multicloud Manager is an absolute game changer. In our new future-of-work world, data integration for quick and coherent understanding and analysis is crucial. Integrating multiple cloud environments will enhance innovation and reduce costs at much faster rates.
Jo Peterson: The biggest challenge when you move more and more critical workloads to the cloud is the question of management. The Multicloud Manager dashboard will provide a single pane of glass for Kubernetes clusters. Additionally, the integrated compliance and rules engine allows organizations to strategically align policy-based governance with business compliance mandates. Finally, there are backup tools that will act as disaster recovery and protect Kubernetes apps and their data in case of a security breach or hardware failure.
Tony Flath: The ability to manage numerous clusters across multiple cloud providers with visibility across all Kubernetes environments with built-in ability to manage governance and security polices across all environments is a game changer. My prediction: this is the first “real” step towards true automation and artificial intelligence.
Bill Mew: Multicloud is a reality. You just need to deal with it. We are coming from a heterogeneous background, with everything from Windows and .NET to Unix and even zOS. And we are heading to an equally heterogeneous future, with private, public and hybrid cloud environments alongside SaaS (software as a service) and legacy, hosted workloads. Kubernetes is emerging as the dominant container technology in this new multicloud world. But the main challenge is managing data and workloads effectively across this new heterogeneous environment. This is where IBM Multicloud Manager comes in.
Sriram Subramanian: Multicloud is the new reality, emphasizing the age-old wisdom of “right tool for the right job.” However, managing multicloud environments is not a trivial task. IBM Multicloud Manager aims at enabling making multicloud management easier by providing visibility, enabling governance and ensuring consistency across disparate environments. Given their strong foothold within enterprises, I expect IBM Multicloud Manager to be a strong enabler of multicloud adoption within enterprises.
Swarna Podila: The multi-platform trend research we conducted in June 2018 shows the relevance of multi-cloud deployments across a wide swath of enterprise users. And these enterprise users hugely benefit from a solution that can bring their multicloud deployments into a “single pane of glass” to simplify their infrastructure management, application deployment, and resource utilization, among other things. In my opinion, IBM’s Multicloud Manager is a brilliant move towards supporting end users’ needs as opposed to taking a “push” approach of pushing vendor solutions to users. IBM has always been focused on customer-centricity and this is another such proofpoint.
Check back next week for part two of our expert roundtable discussion about multicloud.
Ready to explore how to more efficiently run your enterprise multicloud environment? Learn more about IBM Multicloud Manager.