IBM wants to manage your cloud services no matter which ones you run


ORLANDO – IBM has rolled out a multi-cloud management system that promises to help customers manage, move and integrate apps across multivendor cloud infrastructures.

IBM’s new Kubernetes-based Multi-cloud Manager runs on the company’s year-old IBM Cloud Private platform but lets customers manage and integrate workloads on clouds from other providers such as Amazon, Red Hat and Microsoft. That means better automation, quicker spin-up of services and better pricing when using the IBM platform, said IBM’s Robin Hernandez, Director, IBM Private Cloud Offering Management.

Hernandez says at the heart of the Multi-cloud Manager is a dashboard interface for managing thousands of Kubernetes applications and huge volumes of data regardless of where in the organization they are located.

The idea is that if a company uses one cloud for its AI services, another for its inventory and supply chain and runs its financial and customer data its own on-premises systems, Multi-cloud Manager lets operations and development teams get visibility of Kubernetes applications and components across the different clouds and clusters via a single control pane. 

Such a multi-cloud environment gets complicated and hard to manage quickly. Hernandez cited IBM’s own Institute for Business Value research pointing out that  85% of companies are using more than one cloud environment. During a keynote address at Gartner’s Symposium/ITxpo this week, IBM CEO Ginni Rometty said IBM’s clients have an average of six cloud deployments and 1,000 apps.

Helping customers manage those environments is one of the multi-cloud customer issues IBM is looking to address with the new package.

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