Today’s IBM Cloud Private announcement could signal the biggest shift of enterprise apps to cloud native, ever.

IBM Cloud Private Deployment Dashboard
IBM Cloud Private provides a user experience that makes it easy to access operations consoles and an app catalog of IBM and third party software.

More than 12 million Java and enterprise developers are managing legacy WebSphere and Db2 applications. IBM Cloud Private allows them to containerize these legacy apps as cloud native apps that run behind the firewall or in a private cloud.

With IBM Cloud Private, developers have access to cutting-edge development tools and services that allow them to build their code faster and match the demand for innovation. Further, it provides operations teams with unprecedented access with the orchestration and management tools they need to be successful.

In short, building cloud native applications and modernizing traditional ones has never been this easy.

This new solution is poised to transform corporate IT systems into flexible cloud environments that create a bridge to almost any public cloud.

The Cloud Private includes new architecture built on Kubernetes open container technology and supports both Docker and Cloud Foundry, making it easy to connect or even move apps to any public cloud, whether that’s the IBM Cloud or another cloud provider.

With this solution, you’re also tapping into IBM’s rich history of supporting and contributing to open source projects. Our work with Docker and Cloud Foundry, for example, goes back to the beginning of both those as open source projects. In 2014, IBM became Docker’s first enterprise partner and the first to sell and support Docker EE. We were also a founding (Platinum) sponsor of the Cloud Foundry Foundation, and our Bluemix platform was built on it. As Platinum members of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation, we’ve become active contributors to the Kubernetes project as well. We understand how enterprises use these technologies because we’ve been there from the start—not only as open source consumers, but as some of their most active contributors.

It’s easy for developers to get started if they’re already familiar with Kubernetes, or they can use one of the guided wizards to create apps.
Use one of the guided wizards to create apps.

But the benefits to IBM Cloud Private don’t stop there. Developers get seamless compatibility with new or existing systems from every major hardware vendor for the industry’s broadest coverage and, unlike some competitors, can be deployed by the client on new or existing systems.

IBM Private Cloud includes containerized versions of IBM WebSphere, used by 90% of Fortune 100 companies to run Java apps, and IBM Db2, a database used by 22 of the top 25 global banks.

IBM estimates companies will spend more than $100 billion a year for the next three years to create private clouds. The key to the shift is retaining control over data and apps behind the firewall, while making the experience for developers and IT staff identical to the public cloud. New containerized versions of the most popular enterprise Java as well as open source software, databases and services are needed to support sophisticated enterprise applications.

This move from IBM is a massive one for the global, enterprise developer community. Developers can get started with our Code Patterns. They contain everything a developer needs to quickly solve real problems including architecture diagrams, one-click deployment GitHub repositories, and pointers to essential docs. Patterns cover many technologies around Cloud, Data and AI, with several patterns available for containers, container orchestration and Hybrid Cloud Integration.

IBM Cloud Private Resources

Get instructions and code required to install IBM Cloud Private from GitHub
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Press Release: IBM Brings Cloud-native Environment to Private Clouds
Video: IBM Cloud Private Overview in 4 minutes

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