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There are many benefits to having multiple cloud environments, provided companies overcome inconsistency, complexity, and a shortage of skills and time required to operate and secure these rapidly evolving platforms. These cloud architectures are further complicated by the different development practices each environment requires.
Here's how one client put it: "As VP of Engineering, what I really need is the benefits of public cloud extended into my locations in a consistent way."
This VP of Engineering is in the shipping industry and has ports all over the world. Due to latency and the critical nature of global logistics, she needs some applications to run locally in each port. This means her team spends a lot of time installing and managing software that supports their applications. For their global shipping APIs, they use the public cloud in order to take advantage of global scale, resiliency, and rapid application delivery. This frees them from the burdens of running software and enables them to deliver more quickly and securely. What they really need is the benefits of public cloud extended into all their ports in a consistent way.
What would help this shipping company is a distributed cloud.
"Distributed cloud . . . refers to the distribution of public cloud services to different physical locations while the operation, governance and evolution of the services remain the responsibility of the public cloud provider. [The] distributed cloud brings aspects of worldwide public cloud regions, hybrid cloud and edge computing to the original world of cloud computing." – Gartner, "Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends: Distributed Cloud"
Previewing IBM Cloud Satellite
Coming later this year, IBM Cloud Satellite gives you the ability to use IBM Cloud anywhere—on IBM Cloud, on-premises, or at the edge—delivered as-a-service from a single pane of glass controlled through the public cloud.
Talk with our development team about participating in the beta, which is actively underway.
With IBM Cloud Satellite, customers can gain the flexibility to run their applications where it makes sense while still leveraging all the security and ops benefits of public cloud. Satellite locations can be in on-premises data centers, colocation centers, or the edge. Enterprise applications can run in close proximity to their data stores, reducing latency and increasing data security. With IBM Cloud Satellite, as with IBM public cloud, you get to focus on app development, not platform differences.
IBM Cloud Satellite enables you to do the following:
- Run workloads where it makes the most sense: Unlike other public clouds, IBM Cloud is architected with an open source Kubernetes foundation for greater portability to IBM Cloud Satellite locations. You can run workloads, data, and services across any environment—whether that is public cloud, your data center, or an edge location—so you can achieve consistent application operations and improved performance across your environments.
- Access a rich catalog of cloud services: Provision API-driven cloud services with the click of a button, deployed to any environment and operated as-a-service with the built-in expertise of IBM.
- Simplify service availability and control: Employ a single dashboard, common identity and access management, and centralized observability across all your IBM Cloud Satellite locations. This will help you to achieve end-to-end security where data and workloads reside.
Key concepts and components
Satellite extends IBM Cloud with the new concept of a "location." Locations are infrastructure outside IBM public cloud where you can run services and applications:
A location is populated by a group of Red Hat Enterprise Linux hosts that provide capacity to run your applications and IBM Cloud service instances. IBM Cloud Satellite supports the infrastructure that clients already have today. In addition, clients can choose to run their Satellite locations on the IBM Cloud Pak System or via IBM Global Technology Services' local cloud IaaS offering:
Satellite locations also become targets for the IBM Cloud content catalog, enabling you to deploy software from IBM Cloud to clusters running in your Satellite locations. With IBM Cloud Satellite, IBM Cloud Paks can now be deployed anywhere on a cloud-managed OpenShift cluster:
Satellite provides capabilities to manage configuration across locations and control network traffic between locations and IBM Cloud and between applications running in those locations.
Satellite Config provides a global view of your applications and control over configuration and application deployment.
Satellite Mesh provides a federated Istio service mesh connecting clusters across locations, enabling policy, security, and visibility among applications.
Satellite Link provides simplified administration and automated application-level firewall management for your networking team, along with full audit, packet capture, and visibility for your security team.
Launch with IBM Cloud Satellite
IBM Cloud Satellite launches later this year. Talk with our development team about participating in the beta, which is actively underway.