Even if you weren’t at IBM Pulse, trending right now on the web is chatter about IBM’s announcement to leverage open technologies pervasively in the development of its cloud offerings.
With IBM SmartCloud Orchestrator—an integrated platform to standardize and manage heterogeneous hybrid environments—IBM is launching its first commercial offering based on OpenStack. And with SmartCloud Orchestrator, IBM is also redefining the scope of orchestration to encompass the streamlining and integration of all resources, workloads and services.
The need for this kind of capability is addressed in the latest IDC report which discusses why it will become a priority as organizations look to improve operational efficiency and reduce the mess and complexity of growing data centers.
The ability to standardize and automate cloud services includes integrating performance and capacity management, usage and accounting, and rich image lifecycle management. In addition, services and tasks such as compute and storage provisioning, configuration of network devices, integration with service request and change management systems and processes can all be streamlined. Out-of-the-box robust workload patterns also enable fast development of cloud services.
With SmartCloud Orchestrator, it’s all brought together to seamlessly manage heterogeneous environments, allowing organizations to build on existing investments and open source technologies.
If you haven’t had time to catch up on what’s trending, here’s the short version on how IBM is helping to advance the cloud to drive innovation.