A New Release and Award for Multicloud Management

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Exciting news and accomplishments from IBM Cloud Pak for Multicloud Management.

In this turbulent time, we often find ourselves looking for positive news. While we all shift to working from home, taking care of our families in confined spaces, and depending upon technology like never before, I'd like to share some exciting accomplishments in hybrid cloud management with the IBM Cloud Pak for Multicloud Management

First things first, I am proud to announce we have won the 2020 Edison for the Cloud Pak for Multicloud Management! A full review is available here, and I’d like to pull out a few key quotes from the article to share:

  • "IBM Cloud Pak for Multicloud Management is a first-in-its-class platform that enables clients to streamline their business operations across multiple cloud environments."
  • "...provides users with many advanced capabilities for running large-scale enterprise cloud environments and helps businesses easily manage, move, and integrate apps across any cloud provider as well as in their own data centers."

This is our second Edison award in two years. I am proud to see our solution continue to be recognized as an innovation by such a distinguished group of reviewers!

Secondly, on March 27th, we launched the newest version of the IBM Cloud Pak for Multicloud Management - Version 1.3. With numerous enhancements across the system, we have continued our focus on driving a consistent application, security, and infrastructure model across clouds, and, in this release, we have made significant advancements in extending these models across Kubernetes and VMs.

The release is focused on three areas of value that our clients have been partnering with us on:

  • Governance, Risk, and Compliance (GRC): Laying the groundwork for GRC visibility to your hybrid applications.
  • Infrastructure Automation: Bringing together Red Hat Cloud Forms with Terraform and Red Hat Ansible.
  • Monitoring and Observability: Ensuring performance across hybrid applications.

Governance, Risk, and Compliance: Laying the groundwork for secure hybrid applications

Ensuring that applications meet the security and compliance requirements of the enterprise is critical in managing a hybrid application. With so many requirements coming from audit, compliance, and security teams, consistent and continuously updated views of security and audit findings become paramount in operating a hybrid cloud environment.

With IBM Cloud Pak for Multicloud Management v1.3, we have made marked improvements in system dashboards, providing context to security and compliance findings for both applications deployed to Kubernetes as well as on traditional VMware/VM environments. 

Similarly, continuous scanning of container-based workloads for vulnerabilities and mutations in the images is a key requirement our clients face when building applications managed by Kubernetes. To give security teams more flexibility in scanning requirements, we have decoupled our industry-leading Vulnerability Advisor from Mutation Advisor to enable security teams to run system scans with more flexibility. 

Infrastructure Automation: Bringing it together

Enabling our clients to provision, run, and manage their workloads on the infrastructure of their choice is a cornerstone capability of this Cloud Pak. Many of our clients are codifying more and more IT Operations, versioning that code, and using it to accelerate the time to market of infrastructure resources and ensure service level agreements (SLAs) are met. 

It is no surprise that numerous open source technologies have proliferated in the market to target this space. In this release, we brought together three of the market's leading automation capabilities: ManageIQ/Cloud Forms, Red Hat Ansible, and Terraform. Specifically, we added an additional layer of interoperability between Terraform and ManageIQ/Cloud Forms. This supports our IaaS provisioning and ability to compose service levels depending on workload and where it will ultimately perform most effectively. 

We have also added support for IBM solutions. With the huge growth of IBM Cloud Paks, customers will have clusters of IBM tools, services, and runtimes that must be managed efficiently. So, we have added pre-built, reusable patterns to help manage other IBM Cloud Paks. Furthermore, we shipped support for CloudForms to manage IBM Power systems via OpenStack.

Monitoring and Observability: Ensuring performance across hybrid applications

In version 1.3 of IBM Cloud Pak for Multicloud Management, we continue to ensure that the monitoring and observability of resources and applications happens automatically, with little-to-no additional effort from developers or SRE/Ops teams. In this release, when an application is deployed, Cloud Pak for Multicloud Management automatically starts monitoring its availability to ensure desired service levels are met. No additional setup is needed, which enables immediate feedback if a deployment affects the application's availability. 

We have also expanded the universe of resources and experiences that we can monitor, supporting digital experience monitoring of NGINX and .NET and a data collector for JBOSS, along with several improvements to our portfolio of agents available in Cloud Pak for MCM.

Additionally, for our clients who are modernizing their environments and transitioning to Cloud Pak for Multicloud Management from IBM's previous generation of performance management offerings, we have added capabilities to enable that transition. A few to highlight in this release include transaction tracking for IBM WebSphere Application Server and improved install experience across Cloud Pak for Multicloud Management.

Our commitment with the IBM Cloud Pak for Multicloud Management is to develop and evolve our solution to help clients transform their hybrid cloud management capabilities. As the usage of technology evolves to cloud native application architectures, a spike in remote management, and a focus on cost optimization, we are committed to helping our clients manage these changing technology needs.  I hope that this post has outlined for you how this newest release and additional capability is a continuation of that journey and of our partnership with you, our clients.

Wishing you good health. 

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