IBM spits out one cloud manager to rule them all

Cross-platform? Sure, but there's still no place like home

IBM has trotted out tech it reckons will ease management of services over a variety of cloud infrastructures, including Microsoft and Amazon's as well its own.

"Multicloud Manager" is aimed at controlling Kubernetes clusters over different clouds and data centres. Users can shift their clusters and containers between cloud providers and link public and private clouds via a single dashboard.

So far so good, although in news that will surprise no one, the tech is "optimized on the IBM Cloud", Big Blue's range of cloudy services (from private to the unloved public version). A Gartner report back in August pegged IBM's IaaS public cloud market share at little more than a rounding error, percentage-wise, for 2017. Worldwide, the besuited services vendor trailed a distant fifth in rankings with 1.9 per cent of the market while Amazon and Microsoft occupied the top spots with 51.8 and 13.3 per cent shares respectively.

It is therefore unsurprising to find IBM wheeling out quotes from IDC claiming that the move to the public cloud "never happened" and Ovum saying "80 per cent of mission-critical workloads and sensitive data are still running on on-premises business". Which is where IBM's platform for managing public and private cloud platforms, as though they were a single environment, comes in.

IBM is, of course, not the only game in town when it comes to managing Kubernetes over multiple environments. The joy (or curse) of Kubernetes is its open nature, which has encouraged a wide variety of management services to pop up, including the likes of Kublr.

While it may be a little sniffy about the public cloud, IBM has claimed it is the "global leader in enterprise cloud" with $18.5bn in annual revenues. Although it will be more than happy to point an enterprise toward its own public cloud to create a hybrid service. Just like Microsoft.

How much cash is rolling in via IBM's cloud services will be revealed when Big Blue squirts out its latest financials this evening.

The arrival of Multicloud Manager is a tacit acceptance of the fact that Microsoft and Amazon are running away with lion's share of the cloud market. While Big Blue may not be able to match the duo in terms of numbers, it will be very, very happy to sell users services aimed at fixing whatever mess overexcited customers have got themselves into. ®

Similar topics

Other stories you might like

  • These Rapoo webcams won't blow your mind, but they also won't break the bank

    And they're almost certainly better than a laptop jowel-cam

    Review It has been a long 20 months since Lockdown 1.0, and despite the best efforts of Google and Zoom et al to filter out the worst effects of built-in laptop webcams, a replacement might be in order for the long haul ahead.

    With this in mind, El Reg's intrepid reviews desk looked at a pair of inexpensive Rapoo webcams in search for an alternative to the horror of our Dell XPS nose-cam.

    Rapoo sent us its higher-end XW2K, a 2K 30fps device and, at the other end of the scale, the 720p XW170. Neither will break the bank, coming in at around £40 and £25 respectively from online retailers, but do include some handy features, such as autofocus and a noise cancelling microphone.

    Continue reading
  • It's one thing to have the world in your hands – what are you going to do with it?

    Google won the patent battle against ART+COM, but we were left with little more than a toy

    Column I used to think technology could change the world. Google's vision is different: it just wants you to sort of play with the world. That's fun, but it's not as powerful as it could be.

    Despite the fact that it often gives me a stomach-churning sense of motion sickness, I've been spending quite a bit of time lately fully immersed in Google Earth VR. Pop down inside a major city centre – Sydney, San Francisco or London – and the intense data-gathering work performed by Google's global fleet of scanning vehicles shows up in eye-popping detail.

    Buildings are rendered photorealistically, using the mathematics of photogrammetry to extrude three-dimensional solids from multiple two-dimensional images. Trees resolve across successive passes from childlike lollipops into complex textured forms. Yet what should feel absolutely real seems exactly the opposite – leaving me cold, as though I've stumbled onto a global-scale miniature train set, built by someone with too much time on their hands. What good is it, really?

    Continue reading
  • Why Cloud First should not have to mean Cloud Everywhere

    HPE urges 'consciously hybrid' strategy for UK public sector

    Sponsored In 2013, the UK government heralded Cloud First, a ground-breaking strategy to drive cloud adoption across the public sector. Eight years on, and much of UK public sector IT still runs on-premises - and all too often - on obsolete technologies.

    Today the government‘s message boils down to “cloud first, if you can” - perhaps in recognition that modernising complex legacy systems is hard. But in the private sector today, enterprises are typically mixing and matching cloud and on-premises infrastructure, according to the best business fit for their needs.

    The UK government should also adopt a “consciously hybrid” approach, according to HPE, The global technology company is calling for the entire IT industry to step up so that the public sector can modernise where needed and keep up with innovation: “We’re calling for a collective IT industry response to the problem,” says Russell MacDonald, HPE strategic advisor to the public sector.

    Continue reading

Biting the hand that feeds IT © 1998–2021