IBM is working on integrating its cloud computing platform with open source Docker community to enable companies deploy applications faster and with flexibility.
The company has simultaneously launched Direct Link service for its customers to connect directly to SoftLayer cloud computing platform from their own dedicated IT network.
Integration with Docker will allow IBM to host DockerHub on SoftLayer, provide its customers access to all relevant content from the Docker data repository, and offer better performance and flexibility through a certified Docker image of the cloud optimized WebSphere Liberty Profile Application Server.
Customers can expect faster startup times and 50% reduction in memory usage with a unique combination of SoftLayer bare metal servers, IBM Java, Docker and the IBM WebSphere Liberty Profile.
IBM Open Technologies and Cloud Performance vice president Angel Diaz said, "The IT industry continues to rally behind a cloud built on open and community-driven technologies. IBM continues to firmly believe that the best means to truly drive wide-spread adoption and innovation of cloud computing is to ensure open technologies are at its core."
Meanwhile, the Direct Link service enables customers to create hybrid-computing systems that merge private infrastructure with the SoftLayer platform. It provides them with complete control over infrastructure, connection speed and the route to connect to SoftLayer. It also brings in more security by eliminating the need to use public internet.
SoftLayer chief technology officer Matt Chilek said, "Direct Link helps them (the companies) optimize their workloads and get more value out of their data. They can move both to and from SoftLayer as easily as if our bare metal and virtual servers and storage were part of their local area network."
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