Feature spotlights

Benefit from a private cloud

IBM® Cloud Private offers similar benefits to a public cloud but is dedicated to a single organization, allowing customization of the environment to meet personalized needs and security requirements. It can be managed internally or by a third party and it can be hosted behind the company firewall or externally. This platform offers public cloud advantages while providing the increased performance, predictable costs, tighter security and flexible management options found in a private cloud.

Adhere to government regulations and industry standards

This platform helps ensure that policies and regulations are met—corporate data is secure and in compliance with government regulations and industry standards. With IBM Cloud Private, you can monitor and see all of the applications running on the platform and update workloads and the underlying platform using continuous delivery techniques without requiring downtime.

Build cloud-native applications with open standards

Leveraging IBM Microservice Builder and IBM WebSphere® Application Server Liberty, your development team can create cloud-native, 12-factor-based applications while adhering to the security and regulatory needs of the business. It provides portability, allowing development teams to build cloud-native applications anywhere and move them anywhere, leveraging toolchains without compromising security and compliance.

Modernize existing applications

This platform uses public services and new, containerized versions of software and development frameworks to gain cloud consumption and management benefits while reducing risk of application changes. Products like IBM WebSphere, IBM Db2®, IBM API Connect™, Open Liberty, IBM MQ, IBM UrbanCode® and IBM Microservice Builder provide the tools developers need to build, manage and support sophisticated applications.

Integrate with existing applications

This platform provides enterprise-grade capabilities including a Kubernetes-based container platform and Cloud Foundry for prescribed application development and deployment. IBM Cloud Private provides an integrated DevOps toolchain, catalog of integration services and API consistency to integrate data and services across clouds. In addition, IBM Cloud Private runs on existing infrastructure and gives prescriptive guidance on where to run critical workloads.

More flexibility with App Platform for Hybrid Deployment

With the new IBM Cloud App Platform for Hybrid Deployment offering, IBM delivers a new consumption model, FlexPoints. This allows you to allocate FlexPoints to specific products today and other products tomorrow, as you demand additional or different applications.

World class support and services

IBM's software support organization is a global network of centers with expertise on IBM Cloud Private. IBM provides a range of support options for all customers from self-service documentation and communities to custom enterprise support plans. For more information please visit the FAQ section of this website.

Premium ICP support for mission-critical workloads

Premium Support provides the highest response times and priority handling for ICP clients. It includes up to eight hours per week with a dedicated client success manager. The CSM provides focused attention on issues, connects clients with experts, highlights new ICP functionality, and provides a closed loop mechanism for feedback, requirements and change requests. The CSM will also conduct business reviews on ICP usage and provide recommendations to optimize business operations.

Technical details

Software requirements

Software requirements for IBM Cloud Private include:

  • Operating systems, x86 or Power: RHEL V7.1, V7.2 and V7.3 or Ubuntu V16.04 LTS (also x86: RHEL V7.4)
  • IBM Z (only workers supported): RHEL V7.1 and V7.2 or Ubuntu V16.04 LTS
  • Windows: IE V11, Firefox V44 or V45, or Chrome V50.0.2661
  • Linux: Firefox V44 or V45, ESR V38 or ESR V45
  • MacOS: Safari V9.0.1; x86 Docker: V1.12, V1.13 or CE; Power: V1.12, V1.13 or CE
  • Storage: NFS V4, Gluster FS V3.5.9, Spectrum Scale (via NFS or Hostpath) and all Kubernetes types

Hardware requirements

Hardware requirements for IBM Cloud Private include:

  • A minimum of one node (single node install supported)
  • A maximum of 60 power nodes, 300 x86 nodes (tested limits, not hard limits)
  • A maximum of 2,000 pods
  • A maximum of 1,000 users
  • Node specs, master: 2 cores @2.4 GHz, 4 GB RAM, 6 GB Disk
  • Node specs, worker: 1 core @2.4 GHz, 4 GB RAM, 6 GB Disk

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