IBM has been making waves at InterConnect with several big announcements which includes a strategic partnership with Tech Mahindra and key investments in the hybrid cloud arena.
Firstly IBM’s partnership with Tech Mahindra; this is designed to build a platform for the development of cloud-based apps for clients on Bluemix Dedicated, which is a single-tenant version of Bluemix.
For IBM‘s role in the agreement they will provide a flexible cloud environment which will serve the prupose of enabling Mahindra’s developers to build cloud-native and cloud enabled applications.
Tech Mahindra will train 5,000 of its own developers to be able to build advanced apps on Bluemix for the hybrid cloud.
Mukul Mathur, Vice President, Global Business Partners and CSI, IBM, said: "Developers today are the kingmakers of the cloud. Over the next five years, the number of worldwide developers is expected to grow exponentially, and they must be equipped with the right tools to build the cloud-based apps that different industries and companies will be demanding.
"Our relationship with Tech Mahindra and its 5,000 developers is a significant step in this direction, as we help to train innovators globally for the era of hybrid cloud."
IBM is certainly looking at pushing its hybrid cloud position and announcements regarding technologies and services designed to extend clients’ control, visibility, security and governance have been made over the past couple of days.
IDC cloud predictions 2015 stated that more than 65% of enterprise IT organisations will commit to hybrid cloud technologies before 2016 and to meet this IBM has announced that it is committing more than half of its cloud development team to hybrid cloud innovations.
Robert LeBlanc, Senior Vice President, IBM, said: "Today, we are launching a new class of cloud innovations that extend open standards capabilities for the enterprise. This will help break down the barriers between clouds and on premise IT systems, providing clients with control, visibility and security as they utilize the public and private clouds."
"Data location across an ever growing number of clouds is an increasing concern for customers and we are unveiling new portability and developer services to make this easier to manage."
The surfacing of composable API-based services in Bluemix are aimed at creating a hybrid cloud environment which provides the right tools for its clients. Included in the release is the IBM Enterprise Containers, designed to help developers quickly build and deliver applications by extending native Linux containers with Docker API’s.
Additions to improve control and security have also been made available including IBM DataWorks which is designed to find, refine, enrich and deliver trusted data.
A key area where IBM is clearly looking to become the number one name is with developers and with that in mind the company has announced new services to help developers to build quicker, more effective and secure and connected apps.
The Secure Passport Gateway is one of these releases and is designed to allow self-service to developers to securely connect data and services to Bluemix. Also included is API Harmony and Bluemix Local which will extend into a company’s data centre.
These numerous software and services announcements in addition to the partnership with Tech Mahindra shows IBM‘s commitment to improving services for developers and getting them into IBM’s cloud.