IBM made two gigantic announcements in 2018 that have completely set the course for hybrid cloud management this year and beyond.
- October 2018, IBM releases IBM Multicloud Manager
- November 2018, IBM announces intent to acquire Red Hat
With IBM setting the course for 2019, market competitors are working hard at playing catchup. Following the IBM announcements came an uncharacteristic statement from Amazon that they would make a play into the on-prem space with their Outposts AWS appliance, followed by hybrid multicloud-related announcements on Google Cloud Anthos, VMware Tanzu, and, most recently, Microsoft Azure Arc. IBM continues to set the pace with in-market offerings that are available and running today.
IBM Cloud and Red Hat OpenShift
Close collaboration with the Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform core team has led to new capabilities across the entire IBM Cloud Integration portfolio. Our offerings now benefit from CoreOS security at the orchestration platform layer and OpenShift 4.x's approach to immutable infrastructure with cluster maintenance and management capabilities fully built-in. CloudForms and Ansible Tower have quickly found their way into IBM's strategic direction with new capabilities targeted in our IBM Cloud Pak for Multicloud Management 4Q, 2019 release.
IBM Cloud Pak for Multicloud Management
Adding to this picture, IBM Cloud Pak for Multicloud Management brings automation via policy controllers to ensure CISO teams and Security Ops have adherence to compliance standards and firm guardrails in place for cluster and application workload security. The application life-cycle capabilities leverage open source Sig (Kubernetes Special Interest Group)-Application community CRD extensions, and IBM Cloud Application Manager provides application monitoring and introspection of both containerized and VM-based workloads running on any public or private cloud.
Adding a rich set of cluster lifecycle capabilities to investment into the open source Sig-cluster-API community and leveraging Terraform for Infrastructure-as-Code automation, we are reducing cluster build times and bringing further cluster build consistency with an API-driven approach to cluster buildout on any public cloud and bare metal (on its way in the first half of 2020).
Look for us at the OpenShift Commons community meetup
As the IBM and Red Hat teams continue to rapidly build new open source projects in 2019, we look for continued disruption in this fast-evolving space. Look for us to rock the boat in San Diego at the OpenShift Commons community meetup on Monday, November 18, taking the stage with @derekwaynecarr and @smarterclayton to share our point of view in this hybrid multicloud world.