|The new IBM platform, Multi-cloud Manager allows its customers to move around their assets to a different cloud platforms / Photo by Максим Кузубов via 123RF|
IBM has been making interesting headway with regards to their products and services in the past few years, in no small part to the fact that IBM has been struggling to keep their brand awareness in the forefront of the current year. Another issue that IBM has been facing is their slowly declining finances, as seen in the recent, slow descent of their stock prices. One of IBM's new developments is the multi-cloud management system, which the company boasts will help their customers manage, move, and integrate apps across different cloud infrastructure.
This new Kubernetes-based Multi-cloud Manager is currently running on the IBM Cloud Platform, which has been up for a year. This will allow their customers to move around their assets and workloads to different cloud platforms like that of Amazon, Red Hat, and Microsoft. IBM wants to provide customers with their core cloud services wherever they choose to go, as well as better automation and pricing when using their respective platform. The core of this Multi-cloud Manager is a dashboard interface to manage the thousands of Kubernetes applications and the large quantities of data. This will allow for improved handling and analysis when necessary. The idea behind the multi-cloud management system is users should be able to handle and manage services across the many different platforms and using different functions
IBM wants to be a competitive cloud service provider while giving the best possible experience for their consumers, and the company already predicts the direction of next-gen cloud services in the coming years. As stated by Roy Illsley, a distinguished analyst with Ovum research, “In 2019, the percentage of these workloads running in the cloud will increase to over 40%, and we anticipate that in the coming years enterprise clients will move to multi-cloud systems that cater for a broad variety of business and IT needs.”