Hands-on time with IBM Cloud Private

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Hands-on time with IBM Cloud Private

Targeting development and operations teams alike, IBM Cloud Private is designed to enable companies to create on-premises cloud capabilities similar to public clouds to accelerate app development, available behind your firewall.

Michael Elder, IBM Distinguished Engineer for IBM Private Cloud, introduced in his video four key aspects required of any enterprise cloud strategy, summarized below:

  1. It delivers elastic runtime to enterprise developers, allowing you to take advantage of modern development techniques and architectures on the cloud used on the cloud, but deployed within your private infrastructure.

  2. It delivers cloud-ready IBM middleware for WebSphere Liberty, Db2, and MQ so that you can better manage your existing investment in data and applications built on these platforms.

  3. It delivers a production-ready operation story so that you can tie into your existing tool chains inside of your data center or leverage the built-in support for identity and access management logging monitoring to certificate key management.

  4. It delivers built in support for continuous delivery so that developers can quickly become productive on the platform.

Simply stated, IBM Cloud Private enables companies to seamless integrate their existing systems of record following the same development and operational models already established in IBM Cloud.

Developers benefit from popular, established development tools and innovative services, reducing the time from idea conception to code deployment. The operations team benefit from standardization and consolidation inherent to a cloud-based environment. And company investors benefit from the preservation of existing applications and infrastructure while extending them into future products, enabling them to deliver business value to market more quickly.

Guided tour of IBM Cloud Private with a live, on-demand server

To give you an idea of the IBM Cloud Private environment, the IBM Cloud Garage Method site hosts a hands-on demonstration using actual private servers, allocated on demand for your evaluation. The brief 10-minute demo guides you through the steps of installing a storefront shopping application defined by several Kubernetes-based microservices. Once installed, you’ll see how to monitor the deployment and running status of the sample application within the IBM Cloud Private dashboard.

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Although the guided tour only takes 10 minutes, there’s actually a lot going on behind the scenes. All the source code to implement the storefront shopping app is available on GitHub. There’s even a tutorial that shows how to install it in a Kubernetes environment as well as a reference architecture that explains how its microservices interact.

Below is a diagram from the Private Cloud architecture that shows a general topology of how the components of a hybrid environment work together across public, private, and enterprise systems of record.

Want more details?

By completing the guided tour of IBM Cloud Private, you’ve seen its console and seen how applications are deployed in a live server environment. If you’d like to see the actual code behind the BlueCompute Store app from the demonstration and an explanation of its design, see the tutorial Deploy a microservices app on Kubernetes and associated architecture on GitHub.

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