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IBM's Powere E880C (via IBM).
IBM’s Power E880C (via IBM).

IBM today announced new hardware and software intended to help organizations embrace a hybrid-computing approach, including both on-premises and public-cloud computing.

“Today’s business environment is very dynamic and filled with disruption,” said Tom Rosamilia, senior vice president for IBM Systems, in a release. “A hybrid cloud model enables clients to continuously adapt while also optimizing on-premises investments.”

Debuting at IBM’s Edge technical conference in Las Vegas were:

  • Power Systems for Cloud, new servers (the Power E870C and Power E880C) shipped with OpenStack, IBM’s cloud management and automation software.
  • z Systems Operational Insights, software as a service (SaaS) that IBM said analyzes cloud operations for higher app performance.
  • IBM Spectrum Copy Data Management, software claimed to manage multiple copies of data sets.

In support of its emphasis on the hybrid approach, IBM cited its own recent survey of 1,000 respondents, who said 45 percent of workloads will remain on the premises despite cloud growth.

IBM also announced new or strengthened relationships with partners Canonical, Hortonworks, Mirantis, NGINX and Red Hat. In particular, IBM and Red Hat together said they plan to deliver offerings built on open-source products including Red Hat’s enterprise Linux, its virtualization and its enterprise Linux High Availability.

Research firm Gartner last month put IBM in the lower-left corner of its most recent Infrastructure-as-a-Service magic quadrant, well behind market-leader Amazon Web Services and behind Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform.

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