Simplify modernization and build cloud-native with open source technologies

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Cloud-native technologies are the new normal for application development. Cloud-native creates immeasurable business value with increased velocity and reduced operational costs. Together, these support emerging business opportunities.

Advancements in application development have focused on net new applications. We have seen that existing applications that cannot easily move to the cloud have been left on traditional technologies. As a result, less than 20 percent of enterprise workloads are deployed to the cloud according to an IBM-commissioned study by McKinsey & Company.

At IBM, we see open source as a foundation for the new hybrid multicloud world, and our recent acquisition of Red Hat underscores our long commitment to open technologies.

Open source allows consistency and choice

Key open source technologies – containers, Kubernetes, Istio, Knative and others – together define the new hybrid multicloud platform, providing consistency and choice across any cloud provider. These technologies allow developers to build applications to support enterprise workloads using a common technology base with flexible vendor choices. They establish freedom for enterprises to deploy applications across public, private and hybrid cloud platforms.

Kubernetes provides a container orchestration layer that consistently manages workloads. Developers have full freedom of choice on languages, runtimes, and frameworks, while Kubernetes maintains a consistent operational platform across diverse technologies. This approach provides a basis for microservices-based container applications as well as existing enterprise applications.

New IBM open source project accelerates the cloud journey

In 2017, IBM began modernizing our software portfolio into containers and Kubernetes, and optimized more than 100 products for Red Hat OpenShift. In addition to our own journey, we’ve learned a lot about modernization from our clients and partners. Together, we’ve migrated or modernized more than 100,000 workloads.

With the new IBM Cloud Pak for Applications, we’ve encoded our experience into a set of technologies to accelerate the journey to cloud. Built on open source technologies, IBM Cloud Pak for Applications delivers tools, technologies and platforms designed to bring WebSphere workloads to any cloud through and Red Hat Runtimes.

IBM Cloud Pak for Applications provides a rich set of open source technologies and functions that allow enterprises to secure and curate their favorite frameworks and runtimes, including those using Java™, Open Liberty, SPRING BOOT® with Tomcat®, JBoss®, Node.js®, Vert.x and more. IBM Cloud Pak for Applications performs vulnerability scanning on all open source frameworks and runtimes to prevent security issues. All IBM Cloud Paks are supported by IBM and contain Docker-certified middleware.

Move WebSphere applications to any cloud

For existing applications, modernization tools in the new IBM Cloud Pak chart a path to modernize WebSphere applications into a fully open source stack. IBM Cloud Pak for Applications analyzes applications and provides a modernization plan specific for each application. Many WebSphere applications can be migrated to containers with automation and without code changes.

In the end, traditional applications are ready to deploy to any cloud — from OpenShift on IBM Cloud, an existing infrastructure, or to your cloud of choice.

IBM Cloud Pak for Applications delivers the open technology platform for the future and enables businesses to address the 80 percent of enterprise workloads that have yet to move to cloud according the report.

Learn more about IBM Cloud Pak for Applications and review the 2019 Application Modernization Technical Conference Reference Library, a collection of resources from the two-day conference featuring in-depth technical sessions for developers, administrators and architects.

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