IBM launches container-driven private cloud platform

While public cloud adoption continues to grow, organizations, especially in regulated industries like finance and health care, are continuing to use private clouds to quickly launch and update applications.

To tap into this market IBM is launching a new Cloud Private software platform, designed to enable companies to create on-premises cloud capabilities similar to public clouds to accelerate app development.

The new platform is built on open source Kubernetes-based container architecture and supports both Docker containers and Cloud Foundry. This allows integration and portability of workloads as they evolve to any cloud environment, including the public IBM Cloud.

Features include streamlined management across multi-cloud environments to help launch, monitor and manage services and help ensure consistent security protocols. There's a Security Vulnerability Advisor to scan containers across the cloud to show up potentially serious issues and weaknesses. It also has the ability to encrypt all data in flight and provide for strict access control by users within a cluster.

IBM Cloud Private is compatible with leading systems manufacturers including Cisco, Dell EMC, Intel, Lenovo and NetApp. Plus, as you might expect it's optimized for IBM Z, IBM Power Systems and IBM Hyperconverged Systems powered by Nutanix software. There are also integrations with database services, such as IBM Db2, PostgreSQL and MongoDB, to leverage data and gain business insights.

Containerized versions of software and development frameworks, including IBM WebSphere Liberty, Open Liberty, MQ and Microservice Builder are included as part of software bundles. Optimized management and DevOps tools, including APM, Netcool and UrbanCode can be added for an extra fee.

You can find out more about IBM Cloud Private on the company's website.

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