IBM's new z13 mainframe
Docker fever continues to spread across the enterprise IT landscape. Following similar moves by Amazon Web Services, Microsoft, and Google, IBM is equipping its enterprise cloud services to run the Docker virtualization containers.
Delivered as part of its Bluemix platform services, the IBM Containers service is currently in beta and will allow users to launch and run Docker containers on the IBM Cloud.
IBM's new enterprise email aims to organize your day. IBM is going up against cloud-apps powerhouses Google and Microsoft with its next generation e-mail client, called Verse, designed to enrich email with social media and analysis.
As organizations increasingly move their operations to the cloud, they need to remain vigilant against security breaches. IBM had this in mind as it prepared a new portfolio of services designed to help secure an enterprise's cloud operations with the same rigor that has come to be expected with in-house operations.
Although fierce rivals in the market for cloud computing services, IBM and Microsoft have pledged to make their technologies interoperable in the cloud for the sake of their users.
On Wednesday, the companies jointly announced that many Microsoft enterprise products would run on IBM's infrastructure and platform services, and that many key IBM middleware products would be available for use on Microsoft Azure.
IBM will pour $3 billion into computing and chip materials research over the next five years as it rethinks computer design and looks to a future that may not involve silicon chips. The computer design initiative could pave the way for functional quantum and cognitive computers that mimic brain functionality.
OpenStack, the build-your-own-cloud software adopted as a flagship product by Red Hat, Canonical, and others, has long been seen as difficult to set up and manage.
Now IBM (by way of its Softlayer cloud subsidiary) and Mirantis (an outfit that's both an OpenStack vendor and solutions provider) are pairing up to provide OpenStack as a private, on-demand, pay-as-you-go service hosted on bare metal provisioned exclusively for the user.
Hoping to jump out in front of providers of generic cloud services, IBM has launched a portfolio of cloud packages, called IBM Cloud Business Solutions, designed to run specific business processes such as asset management and customer care.
Each service is composed of a mixture of IBM consulting services, software, analysis tools, support and cloud infrastructure, and is tuned and customized to meet specific uses.
IBM has broadened its e-commerce offerings with a new range of digital marketing and customer analytics that can be provided through on premises software or via a cloud service that customers appear increasingly open to adopting.
On its IBM Cloud online marketplace that goes live on Monday, enterprises can find the full range of IBM's offerings behind a single gateway.
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