IBM Unveils New Offerings for Faster and More Secured Path to Hybrid Cloud

IBM announces new hybrid cloud offerings to help businesses migrate, integrate, and manage applications and workloads seamlessly and with security across any public or private cloud and on-premises IT environment.

The IBM Institute for Business Value estimates that by 2021, 98 percent of organizations surveyed plan to adopt hybrid architectures, but just 38 percent will have the procedures and tools they need to operate that environment. The process today is challenging because it is largely manual with major security implications and a lack of consistent management and integration tools.

As part of today’s news, IBM is launching new hybrid cloud tools and services designed to help enterprises navigate the complexities of this new landscape:

  • New IBM Cloud Integration Platform designed to reduce time and complexity to launch new services and applications across cloud environments in a consistent and secure manner.
  • New IBM Services designed to advise on holistic cloud strategies.
  • New IBM Services designed to simplify the management of resources across cloud environments.
  • New services designed to provide industry-leading security for data and applications in the public cloud.

“At Aetna, a CVS Health business, we see hybrid cloud as an integral part of our transformation journey,” said Claus Torp Jensen, Chief Technology Officer, Aetna. “We want to use the best services from various cloud providers to create a seamless consumer experience and digitalize underlying business processes. For that, we are taking an API-centric approach to integration and making sure that all of our APIs are easily accessible across our hybrid cloud ecosystem.”

New Cloud Integration Platform Designed to Dramatically Reduce Coding Time, Complexity

The IBM Cloud Integration Platform is designed to securely connect applications, software and services from any vendor regardless of whether those systems are on-premises, in a public cloud or a private cloud. The platform brings together a comprehensive set of integration tools in a single development environment. It can help improve productivity because integration specialists can write, test and secure code once, store it in the platform and reuse it – an arduous task that once monopolized their time. This can help companies cut the time and cost of integration by 1/3, while staying within their unique requirements for security and compliance.

 

Integration is critical as enterprises optimize business processes and create more personalized customer experiences. However, integration is becoming increasingly complex because many enterprises surveyed are already using between two to 15 different clouds and want to deploy new cloud services such as AI, analytics and blockchain to stay ahead of the competition.

With the IBM Cloud Integration Platform, companies can quickly bring to market new capabilities while freeing up integration specialists to focus on the more complex, system-level integrations.

“Most large organizations have data and workloads spread across multiple public and private clouds, SaaS and on-premises environments – sometimes as a result of their business process infrastructure, but also for compliance, regulatory and data privacy reasons,” said Denis Kennelly, general manager, cloud integration, IBM. “The challenge in this environment is to overcome data and technology siloes to quickly deploy new business services and applications with security. Today, we are launching new capabilities designed to help unleash the full power of the hybrid cloud.” (PRNewswire)