The arena where these two giants of IT are preparing to do battle is the hybrid cloud where both have been previewing their solutions in the form of technical previews. And both will enter the ring and start going head-to-head with real products at about the same time later this year. In the Microsoft corner is Azure Stack. The Azure Stack hybrid cloud platform aims to recreate the Azure public cloud experience behind the enterprise firewall. Azure’s public cloud services—Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Platform as a Service—will also be delivered from within the enterprise data center. For application users, the Azure Stack enterprise-side portal is the same as the public cloud portal.
Containers have become a critical component of modern cloud, and Docker Inc. controls the heart of containers, the container runtime. There has been a growing demand that this critical piece of technology should be under control of a neutral, third party so that the community can invest in it freely. Last year in December, Docker open sourced docker runtime and released it as ‘containerd’ and started shopping for an independent party to oversee and manage the project. They have found a home, and as expected, it’s none other than the Linux Foundation.
IBM and a unit of China's Dalian Wanda Group, a property and entertainment conglomerate, agreed on Sunday to team up to provide cloud services to Chinese companies, the U.S. technology provider said. Through a newly formed venture, Wanda Cloud Company, they will offer select IBM cloud infrastructure and platform as a service (IaaS and PaaS) technologies in China, IBM said. The venture between IBM and Wanda Internet Technology Group will be "responsible for distributing, building and operating the IBM cloud platform in China", an IBM spokeswoman said.
BM and Red Hat are working together to encourage the use of OpenStack and make it easier for to companies to shift their Linux workloads into private clouds. IBM said that Red Hat OpenStack Platform and Red Hat Ceph Storage on IBM Private Cloud will be generally available at the end of March, ahead of which IBM has become a Red Hat Certified Cloud and Service Provider. Big Blue said this would help "enterprises benefit from the OpenStack Platform's speed and economics". Also as part of the agreement, Red Hat Cloud Access will become available for IBM Cloud by the end of the second quarter, allowing Red Hat customers to move unused Red Hat Enterprise Linux subscriptions from their data centers into IBM Cloud data centers worldwide.