Tech major IBM has launched a Cloud Satellite to give wings to its hybrid cloud strategy in India. The cloud satellite is a unifying layer of cloud services, available across locations, offering businesses control on critical data delivered via IBM Cloud, regardless of where the data resides, the company said. Clients can now deploy cloud services securely in a multi-cloud environment for both public and private cloud, on-premises, or at the edge. For instance, IBM Cloud Satellite will support satellite locations on Amazon Web Services, Azure and Google Cloud.
To accelerate consumption of our hybrid cloud platform, we are also rapidly expanding our ecosystem – Arvind Krishna, IBM CEO
I want our partners to be the best at establishing a hybrid cloud architecture and an AI footprint at our clients. Look at the market opportunity. If I look at that intersection, let‘s just call it a trillion-dollar addressable market. To accelerate consumption of our hybrid cloud platform, we are also rapidly expanding our ecosystem by adding hundreds of new partnerships with global systems integrators, independent software vendors and major third-party software partners, and also elevating the role of partners. We are investing $1 billon in our ecosystem so that our partners can play a much bigger role in fulfilling the many needs of our clients.
Requirements for a Future-Proof IT infrastructure, Hybrid Cloud scores with cost-effective scalability, flexibility, and modernization options
With the increasing digitization of companies, the requirements for a future-proof IT infrastructure with an appropriately designed application landscape and modern data storage options also grow. The required plus in performance can easily lead to an increase in costs. Here, the hybrid cloud scores with cost-effective scalability, flexibility, and modernization options. When it comes to setting up, expanding and operating IT infrastructures in a cost-optimized manner, cloud computing concepts offer a wide range of potential. By outsourcing all or parts of computing power, storage space and network capacities to the cloud, various expenses can be noticeably reduced. This applies to the acquisition of hardware and software licenses and the operation and further development of IT applications, as well as to internal server infrastructures that can potentially be saved. Finally, energy consumption in the internal data center can even be reduced by using resources that are called up as required.
In a nutshell, the hybrid cloud can save you costs in a variety of ways, because it efficiently helps to optimize processes in the company. For example, the oversupply of IT resources can be reduced through on-demand cloud infrastructure that can be scaled according to needs, while at the same time the on-premise or private cloud option with all its advantages is retained. To get started, an experienced consulting partner can analyze for which applications it is particularly worthwhile to rely on this flexible scalability and how cloud-capable they are. This strategic partner also knows which cloud provider offers the right migration tools to ensure the seamless relocation of existing data and applications. We at itelligence are pursuing this strategy.
Oracle has expanded its hybrid cloud portfolio with Oracle Roving Edge Infrastructure, a new offering that brings core infrastructure services to the edge with Roving Edge Devices (REDs)—ruggedized, portable, scalable server nodes. The new service is part of Oracle’s comprehensive hybrid cloud portfolio, which provides customers with more flexibility and control over their cloud deployments than other vendors. Global customers across financial services, public sector, healthcare, logistics, and communications industries are using Oracle’s hybrid cloud solutions to support their cloud transformations without the trade-offs in scale, data sovereignty, and control that they have had to make in the past.
FogHorn, a developer of edge computing AI software for industrial and commercial Internet of Things (IoT) solutions, today announced plans to collaborate with IBM. The common goal is to provide an open and secured next-generation hybrid cloud platform with advanced, edge-powered artificial intelligence (AI) and closed-loop system control capabilities. By bringing together edge and cloud capabilities, FogHorn and IBM plan to help supply chain managers rapidly deploy, process, store, analyze and train critical data from edge to cloud and enhance business processes.
Oracle’s Hybrid Cloud Portfolio Essentially Delivers a Cloud Region Wherever & However a Customer Needs it – Clay Magouyrk, EVP, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure
Customers want choice when it comes to running workloads in the cloud. Each customer has different requirements based on data sovereignty, scale, or wanting the full experience of a Public Cloud on-premises with all of Oracle’s cloud services. Oracle’s hybrid cloud portfolio essentially delivers a cloud region wherever and however a customer needs it.
The data centre is evolving to support hybrid IT infrastructure and will play an essential economic role as the connectivity hub to Ireland’s transforming digital economy. Recent research from ESRI shows that ICT services and software, of which data centres and connectivity services are the critical backbone, account for 26pc of all of Ireland’s export activity. According to a recent report by Host In Ireland, 96pc of data centre ecosystem companies are optimistic about business for the upcoming 12 months. The Digital Capitals Index for Dublin from Digital Realty showed new technologies such as AI, IoT, blockchain and 5G added approximately €1.23bn to Dublin’s economy in 2019, with IoT contributing the most at €630m.
As enterprises pivot to cloud computing and hybrid working, cybersecurity will remain a key issue. With the recent cyberattacks in the US, as well as on the European Medicines Agency, we predict that bad cyber actors will continue to launch increasingly sophisticated attacks in 2021 targeting cloud computing and remote workers, exploiting weaknesses in lack of training or gaps in business processes. These attacks show that cybercriminals have moved beyond just disruption – they are focused on stealing or siphoning off valuable data from enterprises over a long period of time, with severe consequences from a regulatory and reputational front.
Fortinet Security Fabric Provides the Broad, Integrated & Automated Capabilities Required for Hybrid Networks
Traditionally, security always follows the compute which was previously centered on main frames and then servers in enterprise data centers. Today, the compute is highly distributed across hybrid networks, spanning private and shared infrastructures from homes, and branch offices to service provider clouds. Cloud security solutions need to support zero trust principles and operate as integrated solutions with flexible form factors and consumption models. Protection is not just about cloud but needs to be end-to-end, following data and applications wherever they may be located rather than tied to a traditional perimeter that defines an “inside” or “outside” of a network. The Fortinet Security Fabric provides the broad, integrated and automated capabilities required for hybrid networks.
IBM has laid the Groundwork to Rapidly Grow Hybrid Cloud & AI Business through its Partner Ecosystem
Less than two years after its Red Hat acquisition, IBM is ready to shift its ecosystem strategy into high gear. That’s according to Bob Lord, senior vice president of worldwide ecosystems and blockchain at IBM. The redesign of IBM’s partner ecosystem strategy began with the company’s $34 billion purchase of Red Hat in July 2019. The renewed strategy centered around Red Hat OpenShift, an open-source container application platform that Lord described as “a fundamental piece of platform software that enables [IBM] to activate the ecosystem at scale” and pursue hybrid cloud market opportunities. After reengineering IBM’s go-to-market approach, along with its supporting programs and resources, partners can now accelerate adoption of OpenShift-based hybrid cloud architecture and AI platforms, he said.
As IBM seeks to verticalize its hybrid cloud offerings, as it has with IBM Cloud for Financial Services and IBM Cloud for Telecommunications, Bob Lord, senior vice president of worldwide ecosystems and blockchain at IBM noted partners will play a key role in that strategy. He said IBM views its ecosystem partners as part of the overall value proposition for customers in vertical markets. “It is important to build the technology, but it is just as important to build the ecosystem around the technology, because, to a client, that is really the power. [You] can port into one cloud, and by the way, [you] get access to this ecosystem,” he said.
In the last decade, the importance of hybrid and multi-cloud has been cemented. Most enterprises have unlocked new hybrid use cases where applications can migrate seamlessly between private and public clouds. In addition, application developers needed to develop a single storage API to manage their data, allowing them to develop applications in their private or public cloud, and run them anywhere.
By adopting IBM Cloud for Financial Services, Luminor is able to take a holistic approach to Security – Howard Boville, Senior Vice President, IBM Hybrid Cloud
IBM is bringing decades of industry experience and leadership in security to help Luminor transform their operations and bring innovative experiences to its customers. By adopting IBM Cloud for Financial Services, Luminor is able to take a holistic approach to security and address their regulatory compliance requirements while still focusing on innovation and business growth for the benefit its customers.
We made progress in 2020 growing our Hybrid Cloud Platform as the Foundation for Our Clients – IBM CEO Arvind Krishna
We made progress in 2020 growing our hybrid cloud platform as the foundation for our clients’ digital transformations while dealing with the broader uncertainty of the macro environment. The actions we are taking to focus on hybrid cloud and AI will take hold, giving us confidence we can achieve revenue growth in 2021.
We are well positioned for success as the leading Hybrid Cloud Platform Company – James Kavanaugh, IBM Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
In 2020 we increased investment in our business across R&D and CAPEX, and since October, announced the acquisition of seven companies focused on hybrid cloud and AI. With solid cash generation, steadily expanding gross profit margins, disciplined financial management and ample liquidity, we are well positioned for success as the leading hybrid cloud platform company.
IBM has acquired five companies in a span of just three months to build up its hybrid cloud consulting business some of which specialize in providing managed cloud services to IBM competitors. The latest acquisition is Taos, a 30-year old IT vendor now focused on providing cloud-based professional and managed services. The company helps large IT organizations in the financial services, healthcare, retail and transportation markets migrate data center workloads to multiple clouds. It has partnerships with a number of IBM competitors, including AWS, Google Cloud and Microsoft Azure. The company also offers users a range of platform engineering and hybrid cloud managed services.
These acquisitions make it clear what IBM’s goals are for the support of Hybrid Clouds – Judith Hurwitz, President and CEO of Hurwitz & Associates
These acquisitions make it clear what IBM’s goals are for the support of hybrid clouds. They want to plant a variety of cloud services on top of any major cloud platform their corporate users have. These acquisitions are meant to give them the added expertise to support the transport of workloads across multiple clouds.
We will continue to see the hybrid cloud and multi-cloud. Why will we continue to see hybrids? Don’t look at what is changing; look at what is not changing. And what is not changing is that companies cannot just move everything into the cloud in a heartbeat. This will take them years, even if they’re fully behind the initiative. For that reason, you will continue to see hybrids. We are headed into a future where on-premise is seen as a legacy. Multi-cloud will also continue because of the ongoing war between Amazon, Google, and Microsoft. Big companies will continue to have multiple vendors. Why? Microsoft is omnipresent; almost everybody has Microsoft because of Windows and Office. Microsoft will come in with their cloud services – it’s inevitable. AWS has been very successful at establishing a landing in many organizations because it was the first in the cloud. However, some businesses don’t like AWS because they see Amazon as competition. Google has strength in AI and data processing and has been very successful here. I don’t predict that in the next few years we’ll see a winner in this race.
Biggest Challenge before Hybrid Multicloud Approach was Data Conversion – Scott Hunter, AstraZeneca’s Global Infrastructure Services Director
The important element of the data fabric used for hybrid multicloud was the movement of workloads from a private cloud to a public cloud – the benefits for scientists is they know the data is going to be available all of the time. The biggest challenge before the hybrid multicloud approach was data conversion. The data fabric allows us to effectively run NetApp in the cloud, so we don’t have to do any conversion – we can move data between on-premise and public cloud, and start the service as quickly as under 10 minutes.
Information Services Group Launched Research Study Examining Large & Growing Market for Private, Hybrid Cloud & Data Center Outsourcing Services
Information Services Group (ISG), a leading global technology research and advisory firm, has launched a research study examining the large and growing market for private cloud, hybrid cloud and data center outsourcing services. The study results will be published in a comprehensive ISG Provider Lens report, called Next-Gen Private/Hybrid Cloud – Data Center Services & Solutions 2021, scheduled to be released in July. The report will cover providers of a range of private cloud, hybrid cloud and data center services, including managed services, managed hosting and colocation services.
Daimler & Infosys form Strategic Partnership to Drive Hybrid Cloud Powered Innovation & IT Infrastructure Transformation in Automotive Industry
In an announcement made by Daimler and Infosys the two companies have reported the formation of their long term strategic partnership to drive hybrid cloud powered innovation and IT infrastructure transformation. Following regulatory approvals Daimler will transform its IT operating model and infrastructure landscape across workplace services, service desk, data center, networks and SAP Basis with the help of Infosys. The partnership is expected to help the company to deepen its focus on software engineering, as well as establish a fully scalable and on demand digital IT infrastructure and an anytime-anywhere workplace.
Even though plenty of companies “accidentally” adopt a hybrid cloud model, they’re now realizing that it affords them greater strategic control over what runs where. Cloud does not have to be an either/or strategy; you can have your cake and eat it, too. “We’re finally getting past the notion that infrastructure choice is a bimodal decision – public or private cloud,” says Kim King, director of product marketing, cloud management at Snow Software. In the year ahead, expect a growing focus on developing smart hybrid cloud strategies that maximize the benefits of this approach. These plans should include essentials like resource utilization and cost optimization, application modernization roadmaps based on what’s best for the organization (rather than abstract benefits), tighter data governance, stronger security postures, and more.
With digital transformation top of mind, the healthcare industry is more bullish than any other sector about adopting a hybrid IT model, with 95% of respondents agreeing that hybrid is their ideal choice. Today, more than half of healthcare respondents have increased their public cloud (56%) and hybrid cloud (51%) use, and 46% have invested more in private cloud environments in an effort to quickly provide new work-from-home employees with access to IT resources.
IT Leaders agree that Hybrid Cloud is a Key Enabler of this Transformation – Cheryl Rodenfels, Healthcare Strategist at Nutanix
Healthcare organizations are in a critical phase of expediting their digital transformations to better meet patient and healthcare worker needs, all this jump started by COVID-19. While IT leaders agree that hybrid cloud is a key enabler of this transformation, healthcare organizations need to identify IT solutions to help them on this journey, from investing in HCI-powered private clouds, to finding ways to effectively bridge their private and public cloud environments while keeping security and cost top of mind.
Morpheus Data is adding a more Turnkey Edition of its Hybrid Cloud Platform aimed at Midmarket IT Organizations
Priced starting at $16,000, Morpheus Essentials can be deployed on VMware, Nutanix, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform (GCP), with support for Kubernetes planned. At the same time, Morpheus Data is updating its core platform to add support for a Plug-in Framework that provides integrations with nearly 100 cloud services without requiring DevOps teams to write code. The company is also adding support for a shopping cart capability through which third-party applications can be automatically deployed as a service.