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Advancing our open hybrid cloud strategy by building together with companies like Microsoft


As we heard at Think 2021, the era of hybrid cloud is increasing demands on enterprise developers with more responsibility shifting to you and your work as the critical success factors. An IBM Institute for Business Value study, The hybrid cloud platform advantage found that a typical enterprise uses nearly 8 clouds from multiple vendors, and in the next 3 years, hybrid cloud adoption is expected to grow by 47%. The average organization will be using nearly 6 clouds. As a result, businesses can benefit the most when they are supported by an ecosystem of partners that continually provides their best technologies and industry expertise.

At this inflection point for enterprise developers, you’re being asked to deliver the kinds of solutions that require you to consistently invest in your skillsets and to build together collaboratively in an ecosystem environment. To help ease this transformation, my team’s goal is to help you build together: increasing capabilities for developers and lifting burdens that have previously hindered your innovation.

A few months ago, we talked about an ongoing collaboration between IBM and Microsoft to enable the WebSphere product portfolio on Azure. Today, we are pleased to announce the availability of a new solution to run the IBM WebSphere Application Server (Traditional) Network Deployment on Azure Linux Virtual Machines. The solution is jointly developed and supported by IBM and Microsoft, and a wonderful example of how we are building together across the ecosystem to give you more flexibility to accomplish your goals.

Together, we’re helping eliminate obstacles so you can focus on your core tasks: whether it’s through the option to modernize your existing Enterprise Java applications and move them to the Microsoft Azure Cloud, or deciding on the approach to develop and deploy your next-generation cloud-native application on Azure. WebSphere products are key components in enabling enterprise Java workloads. The collaboration between IBM and Microsoft aims to cover a range of use cases, from mission-critical existing traditional workloads to cloud-native applications.

This is just the latest example of how we’re building together with partners of all types: from hyperscalers, to GSIs, ISVs, OEMs, VARs, VADs, and more to create solutions for developers to meet the needs of the hybrid cloud era. IBM committed to a $1 billion investment in its partner ecosystem over the next three years. This investment is already being utilized to support a coalition of enterprises that are helping customers migrate their mission-critical workloads using IBM’s open hybrid cloud architecture.

There are already several examples of this in action. A few weeks ago, we published a code pattern to deploy a microservices-based back end in OpenShift 4.5 running on an IBM Cloud Satellite location on Google Cloud Platform. Last year IBM, working closely with AWS, unveiled the Quick Start for IBM Cloud Pak for Integration on AWS. Cloud Pak for Integration is built on Red Hat OpenShift and supports several major cloud providers including IBM Cloud, Azure, AWS, and Google Cloud. Employing best practices from both IBM and AWS, you can deploy a full range of integration capabilities in a production-grade multi-availability zone topology with a single click.

One of the ways we’re delivering on our $1 billion commitment is through IBM’s Hybrid Cloud Build team, which supports the migration and modernization of ecosystem partner products, services, and other offerings across open hybrid cloud environments. The IBM Hybrid Cloud Build Team is comprised of IBM developer advocates with deep technical expertise devoted to helping IBM ISVs and Global System Integrators drive workload migrations and application modernization with IBM’s Hybrid Cloud & AI solutions. Earlier this year, Liferay, Inc., a market-leading company that makes software designed to help companies create digital experiences on web, mobile and connected devices, announced their intention to onboard their flagship product, Liferay Digital Experience solution to the IBM Cloud for Financial Services. The IBM Hybrid Cloud Build Team worked with Liferay on solution components and adoption phases for the move to OpenShift.

For developers – especially those within large enterprises – we are activating an ecosystem of cloud providers, including IBM Cloud, to provide the tools and capabilities to create digital experiences. IBM is delivering secured and open hybrid cloud capabilities to companies across industries – including in the most highly regulated ones such as financial services, healthcare, telecommunications and government.

To learn more about how IBM is collaborating with companies across the ecosystem, we encourage you to visit IBM Developer and check out all the code, content, and community resources we offer.

Get started with WebSphere on Azure Virtual Machines today. Explore the solution, provide feedback, and stay informed of the roadmap.