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IBM intros new data management services for hybrid clouds

​IBM is rolling out new cloud systems and services designed to simplify data movement across a hybrid cloud environment.
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Written by Natalie Gagliordi, Senior Writer on

IBM is rolling out new cloud systems and services designed to simplify data movement across a hybrid cloud environment.

These include new IBM Power Systems with integrated OpenStack-based cloud management and elastic consumption models. According to IBM, the architecture-based server line will help enterprises move their IT infrastructure to a local cloud for AIX, IBM i, and Linux workloads.

Big Blue is also introducing new z Systems for analytic insights on cloud operations. The Software as a Service (SaaS)-based offering will allow users to make application decisions based on trends in performance data through a GUI dashboard. The newly released IBM Common Data Provider enables z Systems operational data to be processed in near real time, IBM said.

Additionally, IBM is rolling out Spectrum Copy Data Management, a product aimed at boosting agility and efficiency across new and traditional applications through the use of managed data copies. IBM's original Spectrum Protect product has been expanded with cloud object storage options for use in hybrid cloud deployments.

"Today's business environment is very dynamic and filled with disruption," said Tom Rosamilia, SVP of IBM Systems. "A hybrid cloud model enables clients to continuously adapt while also optimizing on-premises investments."

In a separate announcement, IBM touted a series of new and expanded collaborations between IBM Systems and partner companies including Canonical, Hortonworks, Mirantis, NGINX, and Red Hat.

With Hortonworks, the companies are announcing the planned availability of Hortonworks Data Platform for IBM Power Systems, which will let POWER8 users support new applications new data sources to existing ones. As for Red Hat, IBM will work with the open-source provider to jointly build products based on Red Hat's portfolio, including Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Red Hat Virtualization.

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