Hybrid Cloud Technology Is Focus of IBM Confab

As it gets under way at the MGM Grand & Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, IBMEUs InterConnect 2015 corporate convention will touch on cloud, mobile, DevOps, security, asset management, Internet of Things, application integration, and smarter processes. But a main area of focus is expected to be hybrid cloud technology, which gives IBMEUs individual businesses a chance to discuss and demonstrate how they can better leverage each otherEUs technologies and capabilities. The convention runs through Thursday.

Many of the new services and software that IBM is unveiling at the Interconnect conference are designed to ease the work involved with linking the public cloud to internal operations. For instance, the company will release software to run IBMEUs BlueMix platform services from within an organizationEUs own data centers. IBM has provided a managed service for drawing data from external APIs, as well as devised a new system that will allow organizations to package their workloads in containers so they can be moved into the cloud.

Greater Focus on Hybrid Cloud

Companies worldwide are spending about $80 billion per year to build and maintain hybrid systems, and IBM is one major provider that is making the hybrid approach a major part of its cloud computing strategy, according to IT research firm MarketsandMarkets. Just under three-quarters of organizations are already pursing hybrid cloud strategies, according to Gartner.

"There is no one single cloud. Our clients have clouds. We have a cloud. Clients want to connect with other clouds," Angel Diaz, IBM vice president of cloud performance, told PCWorld. "If clients want to get the most from the cloud, they have to link to their existing investments."

The BlueMix Local software package promises a subset of developer services found in IBMEUs BlueMix cloud platform. That platform offers basic software functionality and management tools for developers building cloud applications. With...

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