IBM has made some interesting container-and-hybrid-cloud-centric transitions.
Earlier this week the company announced its intention to deliver a container natively defined storage product, called IBM Spectrum Fusion, in the second half of 2021. Big Blue said it would first be sold as a hyperconverged infrastructure which includes Red Hat OpenShift and can handle virtual machines and containers, or provide software -defined storage “for cloud, edge and containerized data centers.”
As observed of a trio of Forrester analysts, IBM’s move is interesting because most hyperconverged infrastructure is built around virtual machines. And while VMware has its own Tanzu container stack, Forrester said that while it has been virtualized, it is also “… monolithic, and the native feature scale-out brought to market by open-derived alternatives the resource will take a second look before reinstating their existing licensing. “
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By contrast: “The IBM system provides storage capabilities that serve as a Swiss Army knife, allowing you to integrate almost any storage technology into a single namespace and providing ease of portability for data as well as portability for workloads using Kubernetes, ”the analysts wrote.
“This will mark an inflection point for hyperconvergence as enterprise computing moves to a new cloud-native model, with offerings like Spectrum Fusion helping to accelerate the transition,” the three added.
IBM also sells hyperconverged infrastructures in partnership with Nutanix.
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Big Blue’s other step is to get Turbonomic, the artist formerly known as VMturbo. Either party has been gauche enough to discuss the money – The register understands $ 2bn could change hands in a best-of-breed scenario-would rather instead discuss Turbonomic’s ability to automate application infrastructures in hybrid clouds.
Or as the joint canned statement puts it: “With Turbonomic Resource Management software integrated with APM and Instana’s real-time observation capabilities and IBM Cloud Pak’s ITOps capabilities for Watson AIOps, customers can ensure application performance and reduce costs through new levels of optimization. “
Buying Turbonomic also means IBM and Cisco will have an interesting chat, since Turbonomic is OEMed by Switchzilla as the “Intersight Workload Optimizer.” ®
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