What is hybrid cloud?

Hybrid cloud is a platform for applications and infrastructure, built on two or more components from public cloud, private cloud, and on-premises IT. In all its forms, hybrid cloud facilitates flexibility and portability for applications and data.

IBM Cloud

The platform for public, private and hybrid applications
IBM Cloud™ was designed to support the full range of applications: from modern, cloud-native apps and microservices to legacy, monolithic software and systems. Companies that choose IBM Cloud have the infrastructure they need to build new applications from scratch, modernize existing applications, or both.

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Public cloud
A broad range of compute choices: from bare metal and virtual servers, to serverless architectures, to Cloud Foundry apps, to Kubernetes containers.

  • Support applications of any design
  • Leverage Watson™ AI
  • Power blockchain and IoT use cases
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Private cloud
The IBM Cloud Private platform includes a portfolio of containerized middleware offerings to extend cloud functionality throughout the enterprise.

  • Build on a Kubernetes foundation
  • Modernize enterprise software and apps
  • Option to deploy on IBM Z® infrastructure
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Hybrid cloud
An integrated environment including public and private cloud, with supporting technologies for integration and multi-cloud management.

  • Build, deploy and operate apps and services wherever they run best
  • Get secure & seamless data portability

The benefits of IBM hybrid cloud

Hybrid cloud improves on both public and private cloud by offering better flexibility and balance. With hybrid cloud, companies can more effectively manage speed and security, innovation with latency and performance. Every application and service can be deployed and managed where it makes the most sense. 

Open platform
Build one Kubernetes container infrastructure for public and private cloud; place applications and workloads wherever they run best.

Integration solutions
Use cloud tools such as messaging, gateways and API management to bring together new applications with existing applications and workloads.

DevOps
Accelerate the development and deployment of hybrid applications with synchronous deployment of multiple components on public and private cloud.

Hybrid cloud use cases

Modernization
Bring existing systems, investments and data on both sides of the firewall into the cloud and build the foundation of engagement with customers.  

Migration
Bring existing apps and data to the cloud. Benefit from speed, economics, scalability and new technologies such as AI. IBM makes it easy.

Cloud-native applications
Build and scale cloud-native applications. Run them anywhere, as needed, thanks to a common platform and tooling layer.

Featured client

American Airlines
In this partnership, AA improved the rebooking experience by quickly building a customer-facing tool. Thanks to IBM Cloud, the new app could be integrated with back-end data.

Success stories

Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Ltd.
This bank delivers 24x7 customer support by automatically monitoring a range of cloud and on-premises applications, delivering alerts as needed.

Meritage Homes
This builder integrated multiple on-premises and cloud-based applications and created security-rich application programming interfaces (APIs) to external sites.

Canon
This consumer electronics firm transformed their customer experience without impacting existing systems, thanks to microservices and APIs on the IBM Cloud.

Featured products

IBM Cloud 
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IBM Cloud Private
Get the speed of public, control of private. Fast. Flexible. Enterprise-grade.

IBM Cloud for VMware
Simplify the migration of VMware workloads to the IBM Cloud.

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