IBM and Red Hat aim to boost hybrid cloud computing, OpenStack usage

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IBM has announced new revisions to its Cloud Object Storage pricing model, enabling its customers to gain access to improved latency for "cold" information that is normally stored very cheaply but with practical limitations on speed of access.

"Our collaboration with IBM is aimed at helping enterprise customers more quickly and easily embrace hybrid cloud", said Radhesh Balakrishnan, general manager of OpenStack at Red Hat.

Red Hat and IBM have joined forces to work on spreading the adoption of hybrid cloud by offering Red Hat's OpenStack services on IBM's private cloud platform.

"Our experience across financial services and in the commercial deployment of AI with enterprise and start up builders has informed these new tools", said Bridget van Kralingen, senior vice president for industry platforms at IBM in the release". It's called IBM Cloud Object Storage Flex, and IBM suggests that it will save customers money, and be more useful to them by making it easier for customers to dynamically move between "hot" cloud storage (which promises instant availability for urgent data), "cool" storage (for data that customers need less often) and "cold" storage (for archival data that is used the least).

As part of the agreement, Veritas has certified the IBM Cloud Object Storage family of software and cloud services for use with Veritas NetBackup 8.0.

InterConnect is IBM's cloud and cognitive conference where more than 20,000 developers, clients and partners are being introduced to the latest advancements in cloud computing through 2,000 sessions, labs and certifications. NetBackup 8.0 has scheduled availability of 2Q17. NetBackup 8.0 is due to be available in the second quarter and will be available for order from the IBM Bluemix Catalog of services.

IBM's agreement with NetApp expands that long-time partnership with new capabilities that allow NetApp customers to take advantage of the IBM Cloud.

IBM Digital Business Assistant: Brings together hybrid cloud, data/machine learning, and process automation to boost individuals and team productivity by proactively watching for complex situations across multiple clouds, alerting users to actions, taking action on their behalf, and learning from past interactions to provide recommendations on the best action to take. "The strategic collaboration between IBM and Red Hat is designed to enable clients to more easily adopt open source products and OpenStack cloud software while preserving their existing investments and creating new business opportunities". Similarly, IBM Resiliency Services includes Veritas NetBackup as an integral part of its managed Backup-as-a-Service offering.

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