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Growing ecosystem of partners expanding hybrid cloud services

Today we announced that IBM Cloud Satellite has designed its cloud services to be available across multiple environments — on IBM Cloud, on premises, or at the edge. This is big news for enterprise developers for several reasons.

The first is that increasingly enterprise developers are being asked to build applications across a wide range of environments, and that trend is only accelerating. A recent IBM Institute for Business Value study found that a typical enterprise uses nearly eight clouds from multiple vendors. There has been a surge in the adoption of hybrid clouds — the combination of public clouds, private clouds, and on-premises IT — noting that in the next three years, hybrid cloud adoption is expected to grow by 47%, and the average organization will be using nearly six clouds.

IBM Cloud Satellite: Build faster. Securely. Anywhere.

In this environment, developers need cloud technology that is nimble, consistent, and secure. IBM Cloud is already the industry’s most open and secure public cloud for business, creating a foundation to build enterprise-grade applications with a full range of security and privacy offerings and approaches. Now IBM Cloud Satellite brings a secured, unifying layer of cloud services across multiple environments for developers to create solutions seamlessly, regardless of where your data resides. Our goal is to help you boost productivity in a privacy-conscious and flexible environment.

The consistency across environments extends beyond security. Because IBM Cloud Satellite is powered by open source, cloud agnostic capabilities, developers can now develop applications on one open source platform that runs across different environments, as opposed to complex proprietary platforms.

Another way we’re adding value for enterprise developers is by expanding our ecosystem of partners who are working to extend IBM Cloud across hybrid environments — including ADVA, AT&T, Cisco, Dell Technologies, F5, HCL Technologies, IBM Global Technology Services (NewCo), Intel, NetApp, Inc., Portworx by Pure Storage, Prolifics,, Tanium, Tata Consultancy Services and Tech Mahindra Ltd. Developers will also have access to software offerings on Red Hat Marketplace. The Marketplace offers AI, database, monitoring, networking, storage, security, and other solutions that have been tested and certified for Red Hat OpenShift, and can easily be deployed to run on Red Hat OpenShift via IBM Cloud Satellite while addressing vendor lock-in. Additionally, developers can access Red Hat OpenShift via IBM Cloud Satellite as a managed service, giving them the flexibility to build and run applications with greater simplicity.

One great example of the developer ecosystem extending IBM Cloud across hybrid environments is, an IBM Cloud Satellite Storage Partner whose storage solution brings high-performance storage and advanced data management capabilities to Red Hat OpenShift. IBM’s Hybrid Cloud Build Team helped Robin certify Robin Cloud-Native Storage on IBM Cloud Pak for Data in their Red Hat OpenShift on AWS and IBM Cloud. Robin is now integrating and optimizing their solution with IBM Cloud Satellite. This means developers can use Robin Cloud-Native Storage as the storageClass for stateful workload application requirements using Red Hat OpenShift and IBM Cloud Satellite, providing extended storage and data management capabilities like application-aware rollback, snapshot, and restore and migration, snapshot/rollback, backup/restore, cloning, and migration across nodes and clusters for client applications.

In addition, using IBM Cloud Pak for Data as a Service with IBM Cloud Satellite brings AI and data capabilities, enabling distributed AI workloads colocated with the data. IBM’s Hybrid Cloud Build team supports the migration and modernization of ecosystem partner products, services, and other offerings across open hybrid cloud environments.