We are excited to announce the availability of Portworx Kubernetes Data Platform on the IBM Cloud for Financial Services.
A growing portion of the $1 trillion hybrid cloud market opportunity is comprised of the financial markets industry, which is expected to increase nearly 20% by 2024. Key findings in a recent IBM internal analysis suggests that cloud is expected to account for about 60% of that future market opportunity as financial institutions are accelerating innovation to meet heightened customer expectations, deliver consistent services in the face of challenges like the global pandemic and navigate the ever-complex regulatory environment. 
IBM has designed a public cloud that meets the demands of financial services. IBM Cloud for Financial Services is designed to build trust and enable a transparent public cloud ecosystem with features for security, compliance and resiliency required by financial services.
Portworx Kubernetes Data Platform
As part of its financial services cloud, IBM has announced the availability of Portworx Kubernetes Data Platform on the IBM Cloud for Financial Services. The Portworx Kubernetes Data Platform is designed to help clients run data-rich stateful applications in production. The platform offers solutions that are designed to address scalable container storage, backup and disaster recovery, multicloud operations, data security, capacity management and internal policy compliance and governance.
Portworx will help IBM’s financial services customers by providing a data services platform for cloud-native applications running across hybrid cloud environments in containers. With Portworx, IBM Cloud for Financial Services customers gain access to app-granular security and disaster recovery functionality, including access controls and zero-RPO disaster recovery, to ensure their mission-critical applications maintain compliance with industry- and company-specific regulatory and security requirements. As part of the IBM Cloud for Financial Services, Portworx will help customers unlock the benefit of IBM’s open and unified hybrid cloud architecture, built for the financial services industry.
IBM Cloud Framework for Financial Services
At the heart of IBM Cloud for Financial Services is the IBM Cloud Framework for Financial Services, which provides common operational criteria and streamlined compliance controls specific to the financial services industry. It is designed to help financial institutions reduce the complexity of managing ISV and SaaS workloads, while helping to demonstrate regulatory compliance faster and more efficiently.
The Framework operates with a shared-responsibility model across all parties that can enable financial institutions to move confidently to the cloud, helping address the regulatory barriers impeding modernization. Only ISVs and SaaS providers that demonstrate compliance with the Framework are eligible to deliver offerings with the Financial Services Validated designation. In order to offer Financial Services Validated services to financial institutions, ISV and SaaS providers must comply with the Framework’s comprehensive set of policies and controls.
Expedite the transformation to cloud with the IBM partner ecosystem
Portworx is part of IBM's partner ecosystem, collaborating on the IBM Cloud for Financial Services to help partners accelerate transactions with financial services institutions. The IBM Cloud for Financial Services is designed to help financial services institutions' as they address their requirements for their regulatory compliance, security, and resiliency. IBM’s partner ecosystem fuels hybrid cloud environments by helping clients manage and modernize workloads from bare-metal to multicloud and everything in between with Red Hat OpenShift, the industry's leading enterprise Kubernetes platform.
Together with its partnership with Portworx, IBM Cloud for Financial Services help financial institutions to expedite the transformation to the cloud. Financial institutions can employ a hybrid multicloud cloud strategy, using both private and public clouds for their data, applications and services. With IBM Cloud for Financial Services, public cloud becomes an increasingly strategic option for safely and efficiently speeding digital transformation.
Learn more about the IBM Cloud for Financial Services.
 IBM Global Market View, Banking and Financial Markets Industry Markets Opportunity, March 2021. Note: This report is based on internal IBM analysis and is not meant to be a statement of direction by IBM nor is IBM committing to any particular technology or solution.