IBM Rolls Out OpenStack Services

In an effort to open up the hybrid cloud, IBM has announced that it will make OpenStack the technological basis for all of its cloud services. Called IBM Cloud OpenStack Services, the new initiative will provide a suite of OpenStack-based software services for hybrid cloud clients.

The new platform will allow customers to integrate applications and data across different hybrid clouds, including public, dedicated and local cloud environments without having to worry about customizing technology for their specific deployment needs or cross-vendor compatibility issues. Big Blue said that the new offering will help increase productivity for developers working across multiple clouds.

Opening the Clouds

OpenStack is a free, open source cloud-computing platform used by enterprises as an infrastructure-as-a-service solution. The OpenStack ecosystem is backed by its own non-profit foundation and is available under the terms of the Apache license. On Monday, Mirantis, one of the founding members of the OpenStack foundation, announced a new partnership development program for OpenStack compatible components that includes 47 infrastructure technology companies.

With IBM Cloud OpenStack Services, developers and IBM clients will be able to launch applications on local, on-premises installations and public clouds hosted on the SoftLayer infrastructure, without having to rewrite code or change configurations. That allows developers to build and test applications in public clouds, and then take advantage of the interoperability of the OpenStack environment to deploy them across multiple clouds.

"Open technologies are paving the way for broader cloud adoption and enabling companies like Virdata to confidently deploy clouds without the fear of vendor lock-in," said Martin Braem, Virdata Lead for DevOps, Support and Professional Services in a statement. "IBM Cloud OpenStack Services gives us the ability to easily move OpenStack workloads across hybrid clouds."

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