IBM is providing customers of its SmartCloud portfolio with the ability to manage public and private cloud infrastructures using Tivoli cloud software, making it easier to integrate the two into a hybrid cloud strategy.
Available from the fourth quarter of this year, the Tivoli hybrid cloud software builds on technology IBM gained from its acquisition of Cast Iron last year.
The software allows customers to provision and control resources on public cloud infrastructure with the same self-service catalogue used for their own private cloud.
"We're seeing major growth in hybrid clouds, with customers telling us there's a need to access on-premise and public cloud resources, so we've added the ability to manage this hybrid model through Tivoli," Mark Tomlinson, cloud IT specialist at IBM UK, told V3.
The company is already making use of its WebSphere Cast Iron Cloud Integration to link on-premise applications with those running in the cloud, while today's announcement extends this to deal with the provisioning of infrastructure as well.
Customers will be able to define policies, quotas, limits, monitoring and performance rules for the public cloud in the same way as their on-premise resources, Tomlinson said.
In addition, Tivoli hybrid cloud software simplifies user access control by automatically synchronising user directories between on-premise and cloud-based applications, according to IBM.
However, while the new tool provides for dynamic provisioning of hybrid cloud resources, Tomlinson said it does not currently support the migration of workloads between private and public infrastructure. He declined to say whether this is a capability IBM intends to offer in future.
The Tivoli hybrid cloud software supports IBM's own cloud platform and Amazon's Elastic Compute Cloud.
"For customers we are engaged with at the moment, these are the two environments they are interested in," claimed Tomlinson. He declined to say whether IBM will extend support to cover public clouds based on other platforms.
Licensing details for the Tivoli hybrid cloud software have yet to be finalised, IBM said.
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