IBM Cloud Product Insights: Extends new hybrid cloud capabilities to IBM software products so that IT administrators or capacity planners can view, track, and report usage metrics in a single dashboard.
Given the ability for the OpenStack platform to operate as a means for bringing in different parts of the cloud infrastructure stack from different vendors together, it is arguably a solid software platform for businesses looking to adopt the cloud under the missive of digital transformation doctrines without getting locked into one vendor and facilitate the deployment of a hybrid mix of public and private cloud services and on-premise servers.
The changes, announced at IBM Interconnect in Las Vegas, are implemented via IBM's new Cloud Storage Object Flex structure, which offers a pay-as-you-go facility that it claims could undercut AWS S3 IA by 53%, and Azure GRS Cool Tier by up to 75%.
The IBM Cloud Object Storage Cold Vault also aims to lead the market for recovery of cold data in a live retrieval situation, and is an addition to the existing Vault and Standard pricing tiers at Big Blue.
The agreement also calls for joint go-to-market and support initiatives from both companies, created to help customers accelerate their adoption of cloud services by leveraging the combined enterprise expertise of IBM and Veritas.
"Our expanded partnership with IBM provides NetApp customers with new ways to take advantage of elastic cloud economics using IBM Cloud", said Henri Richard, executive vice president, Worldwide Field and Customer Operations, NetApp.
The new collaboration with Red Hat sees IBM become a Red Hat Certified Cloud and Service Provider.
Red Hat Cloud Access allows Linux customers to retain services and support while moving workloads into the cloud.
InterConnect is IBM's cloud and cognitive conference where more than 20,000 developers, clients and partners are being introduced to the latest advancements in cloud computing through 2,000 sessions, labs and certifications. NetBackup 8.0 is due to be available in the second quarter and will be available for order from the IBM Bluemix Catalog of services.
IBM has also signed a deal with Veritas, also around hybrid cloud, to help enterprises working with increasing data volumes better manage, optimize and protect data across hybrid cloud environments. IBM added it expects to launch the network "later this year". This close working relationship has fostered joint learning, allowing IBM and Veritas to improve clients' cloud migration capabilities. Similarly, IBM Resiliency Services includes Veritas NetBackup as an integral part of its managed Backup-as-a-Service offering.