Ibm and Cisco have started a collaboration to provide hybrid cloud to companies and simplify development, deployment and application management.

Modern companies, Ibm explained, want an open, fast and reliable way to modernise infrastructure and move to the cloud, in order to transform their It and get real business benefits in terms of agility as well as rapid market response and innovation.

To achieve this, organizations must be able to quickly create, test and deploy applications, in a modern architecture based on microservices through on-premise environments and public clouds.

As organizations adopt this model, Kubernetes is proposed as a choice for orchestration and many companies use this platform to enable applications that are both VM-based and containerized, running on public cloud, private cloud and local cloud.

However, Ibm still explains, the configuration and management of Kubernetes through these hybrid cloud environments can be complicated. In addition, organizations want to be able to use the same tools to manage and support the life cycle of existing applications.

Ibm and Cisco, hybrid cloud alliance

Ibm and Cisco have therefore decided to expand their collaboration to offer a common and secure Kubernetes experience through on-premise environments and public clouds, designed to help customers simplify the development, implementation and management of applications.

As part of the collaboration, Ibm announced support for Ibm Cloud Private on HyperFlex hyperconverging infrastructure and HyperFlex Edge by Cisco. This step also includes the ability to support the new Ibm Cloud Pak for Applications for the hyperconverged HyperFlex infrastructure of Cisco.

Ibm Cloud Paks is designed to offer enterprise containerized software solutions, so as to provide companies with a way, precisely, open, fast and secure to move core business applications to the cloud.

In addition, Ibm added support for Cisco ACI Softwaredefined Networking and Cisco AppDynamics Application Performance Monitoring with Ibm Cloud Private and announced the availability of Cisco ACI Virt

More generally, Ibm and Cisco are working together on a hybrid cloud architecture based on the skills of both companies. Ibm offers hybrid cloud solutions that include open source components such as Kubernetes, Open Whisk, KNative, Istio, Cloud Foundry and Prometheus, as well as a wide catalog of enterprise software Ibm also has multi-zone public cloud regions distributed worldwide, with services ranging from infrastructure, including coffins, virtual services and containers, development services and data.

Cisco, for its part, offers enterprise-class data centers, as well as networking and analytics.

The new hybrid cloud architecture is designed to reduce the complexity of Kubernetes’ execution between on-premise environments and public clouds. With Ibm Multicloud Manager, the company stresses, companies can have a single location to manage multiple clusters running on multiple environments, local and on public and private clouds, ensuring consistent visibility, governance and automation, from the

This collaboration between Ibm and Cisco therefore aims to help companies modernise applications consistently between hybrid cloud environments, whether they are coffin metal, virtual machine or container. And to reduce inconsistencies and potential risks between local environments and on public clouds when companies distribute containerized infrastructure to modernise and manage applications.

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