IBM brings OpenStack to its SoftLayer Cloud

Enterprise customers can move their OpenStack workloads to the IBM SoftLayer cloud

IBM is making it easier for enterprises to move their cloud workloads across different OpenStack deployments, giving them greater flexibility in where they can run their applications.

The company has launched IBM Cloud OpenStack Services, which allows customers to run OpenStack jobs both in-house and in the IBM SoftLayer cloud, with minimal headache moving applications back and forth.

The new offering addresses the increased need among enterprises for cloud redundancy.

Rather than using a single cloud provider, enterprises want to hedge their bets and spread workloads across multiple providers, or between a cloud provider and an in-house deployment. This year, 82 percent of organizations will adopt a multi-cloud strategy, up from 74 percent in 2014, according to a survey from cloud management services provider RightScale.

OpenStack is an open source software platform for hosting cloud infrastructure services, both internally and in public clouds. It provides a standard base for running workloads across different data centers without modification. In addition to IBM, OpenStack has been embraced by Red Hat, Hewlett-Packard and Oracle.

IBM has installed OpenStack on its SoftLayer cloud services, which the company purchased in 2013 for $2 billion. Users can move workloads between private clouds running IBM's OpenStack and the SoftLayer cloud, according to the company.

For instance, a developer could build an application on SoftLayer and, once testing has been finished, move it in-house for deployment. Or an in-house application that outgrows its local infrastructure could be scaled onto IBM's SoftLayer servers.

Typically, moving an application between an in-house cloud and a public cloud can take weeks. IBM says its OpenStack services can reduce the migration time to seconds - similar to other vendors offering such services

One IBM customer ready to take the plunge is IT infrastructure support firm United Business Group, which will use IBM's OpenStack to serve its own customer base. Other IT services companies using IBM-based OpenStack services include Virdata, Steel Orca, and Tieto Sweden AB.

IBM is the most widely used provider of private cloud services, in which it allocates hardware in its data centers to run a dedicated cloud for a single customer, according to a survey by Forrester Research.

The company has fared less well in public cloud services, in which multiple customers share the same pool of resources. In the most recent Gartner assessment of cloud providers, released Tuesday, IBM offers less of the features desired by mid-market and enterprise companies as rivals such as Microsoft and Amazon Web Services.

Joab Jackson covers enterprise software and general technology breaking news for The IDG News Service. Follow Joab on Twitter at @Joab_Jackson. Joab's e-mail address is Joab_Jackson@idg.com

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags IBMsoftwareapplication developmentDevelopment tools

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Joab Jackson

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Cool Tech

Bang and Olufsen Beosound Stage - Dolby Atmos Soundbar

Learn more >

Toys for Boys

Nakamichi Delta 100 3-Way Hi Fi Speaker System

Learn more >

Sony WF-1000XM3 Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones

Learn more >

ASUS ROG, ACRONYM partner for Special Edition Zephyrus G14

Learn more >

Family Friendly

Philips Sonicare Diamond Clean 9000 Toothbrush

Learn more >

Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit for Nintendo Switch

Learn more >

Stocking Stuffer

SunnyBunny Snowflakes 20 LED Solar Powered Fairy String

Learn more >

Teac 7 inch Swivel Screen Portable DVD Player

Learn more >

Christmas Gift Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Tom Pope

Dynabook Portégé X30L-G

Ultimately this laptop has achieved everything I would hope for in a laptop for work, while fitting that into a form factor and weight that is remarkable.

Tom Sellers

MSI P65

This smart laptop was enjoyable to use and great to work on – creating content was super simple.

Lolita Wang

MSI GT76

It really doesn’t get more “gaming laptop” than this.

Jack Jeffries

MSI GS75

As the Maserati or BMW of laptops, it would fit perfectly in the hands of a professional needing firepower under the hood, sophistication and class on the surface, and gaming prowess (sports mode if you will) in between.

Taylor Carr

MSI PS63

The MSI PS63 is an amazing laptop and I would definitely consider buying one in the future.

Christopher Low

Brother RJ-4230B

This small mobile printer is exactly what I need for invoicing and other jobs such as sending fellow tradesman details or step-by-step instructions that I can easily print off from my phone or the Web.

Featured Content

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?