With its Cloud Paks, which bring together five integrated solutions for nearly a hundred of its software, IBM aims to be a major player in Chapter 2 of the digital transformation of companies, now engaged in the containerization of their applications. “Micro-services is a major trend, we are convinced that a large part of the applications will work in container mode by 2025 and that this will be the base of the IS of our companies”, explained Agnieszka Bruyère, Vice President Cloud and Cognitive IBM France, at a press point yesterday morning in Paris. This led to the redemption of Red Hatin October 2018, she recalls, IBM obviously recognizing in Kubernetes the dominant container orchestrator. The US supplier has therefore transformed all of its software now natively designed for the cloud and optimized to run on the hybrid cloud platform OpenShift based on Kubernetes. “OpenShift, Kubernetes and Linux will be the technological foundation for IBM,” said Vice President Cloud and Cognitive, presenting the 5 Cloud Paks, unveiled in August by the provider: Cloud Pak for Data, for Applications, for Integration , for Automation and for Multicloud Management. These gather “all of our certified software that can easily run in container mode on OpenShift”.
Thus, Cloud Pak for Data, a modular package with grouped functions, makes it possible to build a data management platform with a data warehouse, data virtualization, data science tools, artificial intelligence, machine learning, etc. . The containerized software that companies will develop from these Paks can be deployed locally, on the IBM cloud or in any cloud on which the offer is certified: AWS, Azure, Google, Alibaba … “We develop them once and we deploy them wherever we want. This is a big step forward, it puts the choice in the hands of customers who are not linked to an infrastructure provider, “summarizes Agnieszka Bruyère.
OpenShift also offered in managed mode
These 5 Paks also include essential services, especially security, to deploy containers in industrial production worldwide, the chapter 2 of the digital transformation now on “real critical production applications”, insists the VP Cloud and Cognitive IBM France. While providing OpenShift in a packaged way should make deployment easier, Red Hat’s technology still requires quite specialized skills. It is therefore also available in managed mode, operated by IBM, while retaining for customers the choice of deployment. “Part of OpenShift can be in our cloud and part in another cloud or local,” says Agnieszka Bruyère.
Cloud Pak for Applications, for its part, provides a complete environment for modernizing the application portfolio and “accelerating the development of applications created for Kubernetes”, describes IBM. Customers are offered a choice between WebSphere Application Servers, JBoss, and development and data science tools that encompass IBM and open source technologies. “We provide technological capabilities but we also support customers with our service industries. For example, in Cloud Pak for Applications, we evaluate which applications can easily be converted into containers, “quotes Ms. Bruyère as an example, emphasizing this point. “All this can not be done without a real service approach to carry out this modernization. Because the other stake for companies, it is to be able to transform their DSI so that it adapts to hybrid cloud, multicloud, containers. The real concern is how organizations will adapt to our customers, this is the real concern, “warns Agnieszka Bruyère.
Change the organization of IT production
Cloud Pak for Integration covers API management, data integration, inter-application messaging, event management with Kafka, high-speed data transfer, and secure gateways between cloud and on-premise environments. Cloud Pak for Automation brings together business process automation tools. Finally, with Cloud Pak for Multicloud Management, “the challenge is that our customers can change the organization of computer production a little,” explains Ms. Bruyère. All these packs are available today. Others are planned in the area of security, Watson IoT and blockchain. Asked about the evolution of the pricing of IBM, the vice-president Cloud and Cognitive of the French subsidiary, indicates that the supplier is working on its financial models to adapt to the consumer billing mode, without any more precision. “I do not have the planning,” she cuts short on the subject. IBM has already embarked on an evolution in this direction on its mainframe offer, just extended withthe release of z15 last week .
Yesterday morning, IBM France has also witnessed two of its customers, Mana-Vox and Sixense. Founded by Kiti Mignotte, the Mana-Vox Association uses Watson’s cognitive technology to assess the impact of businesses on the environment from 1,500 sources of information. The tool it develops presents the environmental risk perceived by civil society to enable risk managers to adapt their practices by removing the most polluting companies from their portfolios. In the building sector, the international company Sixense, which is part of Vinci Construction, specializes in soil, environmental and building knowledge. She deployed in the PaaS of IBM its Reality application for tracking georeferenced infrastructure data in the construction phase, yesterday presented Renaud Vetter, Director Edition at Sixense Platform Solutions. IBM has also given the floor to its partnerBerexia , an IT consulting firm founded by Fayçal Berghabi, which supports companies in particular in managing and structuring their data in their projects of customer knowledge and protection of personal data.