What is IBM Cloud Satellite?

Organizations are experiencing fragmented visibility; inconsistent user experiences; and significant complexity in application consumption, deployment and management. Coming later this year, IBM® Cloud® Satellite™ gives you the ability to use IBM Cloud services 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.

Why IBM Cloud Satellite?

Run workloads where it makes the most sense

Unlike other public clouds, IBM Cloud is explicitly designed and structured 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’s public cloud, your data center or an edge location, so you can achieve consistent application 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.

Gain end-to-end security

Deploy security and access policies across all environments, including on premises, from a single pane of glass. Securely register on-premises locations with IBM Cloud and audit traffic.

IBM Cloud Satellite capabilities

IBM Cloud Satellite extends the capabilities of IBM Cloud with the notion of a Location. Locations are places outside the IBM public cloud where services and applications can run. Each location is populated with a set of hosts to run cloud services and applications. Hosts are Red Hat® Enterprise Linux® (RHEL) machines from the enterprise client’s data center or the edge.

Each Location is connected to IBM Cloud using Link. This gives the client’s networking team simplified administration and automated application-level firewall management. Link provides full audit, packet capture and visibility to the security team. Configuration provides a global view of the client’s application and services, and control over configuration and application deployment.

IBM Cloud observability enables Ops, a central operational view of the client’s services, clusters and applications. And Mesh provides an Istio service mesh connecting clusters across Locations, enabling policy, security and visibility between applications.

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