IBM yesterday announced a new hybrid cloud solution to help clients significantly reduce the time it takes to connect, manage and secure public and private clouds.
This hybrid builds on the acquisition of Cast Iron offering new integration and management capabilities that allow organizations of all sizes greater control, visibility and automation into their assets and computing environments. This will result in easier integration and management of all of an organization’s on and off premise resources. Tasks that typically took several months can be completed in a few days.
“As a user of IBM WebSphere Cast Iron, we have been able to not only easily integrate our on-premise and cloud-based applications, but also provide live feeds of order data changes to our sales reps on any device, including mobile phones, tablets and laptops,” said Randy Berger, IT manager, process and application development, Siemens. “Expanding on the Cast Iron platform will help IBM provide even better access and management for hybrid clouds.”
The demand for a hybrid cloud computing model has grown. According to industry analysts, 39 percent of cloud users report that the hybrid cloud is currently part of their strategy, with this number expected to grow to 61 percent in the near future. Organizations are seeking the scale and flexibility of a public cloud, but are concerned to lose control of resources outside their four walls. The hybrid cloud model supplied a solution to this concern.
As businesses adopt a cloud computing model, they are faced with integrating existing on-premise software such as customer relationship management, enterprise resource planning and homegrown applications, while managing their usage and security.
In response, IBM is expanding its SmartCloud portfolio with new hybrid cloud technology. The solution will build upon IBM Tivoli cloud management software and extend those capabilities to the application and data integration technology from its Cast Iron acquisition to provide better security, control and management of resources, application integration and dynamic provisioning supporting “cloud bursting.”
“As the hybrid cloud model is emerging as a strategic means to quickly unlock business value from data sources, IBM is making it enterprise-ready with the best monitoring, governance and security tools available,” said Robert LeBlanc, senior vice president, middleware software, IBM. “IBM’s new solution will expedite and secure this process to help clients of all sizes access key business applications securely, no matter where they reside.”