IBM Cloud Satellite is a breakthrough in cloud service management

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More efficient use of cloud services is driving the transformation of today's business. It enables companies to modernize key work and business processes, expand rapidly, and grow using Artificial Intelligence (AI) and applications run on an application access layer. Many industries are facing technological advances and new challenges. As a result, virtual environments are being deployed, but many of them also require management. The ability to build and manage all public and on-premises environments (in datacenters) is a challenge for many reputable IT vendors. IBM has delivered an innovative solution, IBM Cloud Satellite - a fully distributed cloud that is delivered as a service.

Why is this a significant change for cloud systems management and application modernization? Let's take a closer look at what makes IBM Cloud Satellite so progressive in the delivery and management of cloud services.

Industry challenges

  Many clients are not taking full advantage of the benefits offered by using the public cloud - flexibility, scalability, ease of use, market-entry speed, and lower IT input costs. There are various, often recurring, reasons for this:

  • after a costly investment in on-premises infrastructure, clients are understandably reluctant to spend more on implementing a cloud strategy

  • due to doubts about cloud security and data privacy, they prefer to keep sensitive data locally

  • legal/regulatory measures require data to remain stored locally within the territory of a country or community of countries under common legal legislation

  • real-time data latency issues require having IT on-premises

  • reluctance to internally develop the necessary cloud expertise to operate a particular environment (or to hire such services from experts).

In short, in some industries, clients cannot run or provide key mission-critical monolithic applications in public clouds due to regulatory laws or privacy concerns. Other companies must have key IT processes in edge environments to avoid latency issues that could reduce their quality and operational efficiency.

For example, companies in the financial sector face similar challenges. Legislation dictates how financial data must be stored, while users demand instant access to their banking information no matter where they are. Financial services companies will therefore need to hire solutions in environments that can handle sensitive information more securely and much more efficiently.

The separation of on-premises and public clouds can lead to security and compliance issues, reduced hybrid cloud insight, and limitations on operations when cloud applications cannot run in on-premises infrastructure environments. The resulting complexity of operation creates more work and may even exceed the skills of the IT teams tasked with running these environments. Companies that need consistent security controls often don't even have a central overview of their operations across all published environments.

Are you looking for a way to deploy applications more efficiently and seamlessly? The distributed cloud model is the answer. 

The distributed cloud development process

 What do we mean when we talk about IBM Cloud Satellite as a distributed cloud? It provides the distribution of public cloud services to different physical locations, while the maintenance, management, and development of the services remain the responsibility of the public cloud provider. IBM Cloud Satellite enables consistent cloud services across any cloud, on-premises or at the edge of the application access layer. It provides companies with previously unavailable flexibility, opening technical options for deploying solutions through which companies reach their customers. With IBM Cloud Satellite, IT professionals can maintain mission-critical operations within private or access environments as needed, while easily monitoring and managing cloud services and applications in a single interface.

The distributed cloud model eliminates a number of issues that enterprises face when deploying cloud services. With the ability to manage services and cloud applications remotely across multiple locations, IBM Cloud Satellite enables businesses to scale workloads efficiently and focus technical staff on addressing their primary strategic decisions. While the enterprise benefits from the speed and agility of using public cloud services, important data remains in-country, meeting legislative and regulatory compliance requirements. IBM Cloud Satellite allows you to keep your data where you want it to be processed. Your teams can securely perform analytics across all environments while maintaining transparency and consistency of tools, processes, and results.

IBM cloud services are also available for operation in Cloud Satellite locations. For example, you can use the Red Hat OpenShift containerized service either locally or simultaneously via IBM Cloud Satellite. There is no need to worry about the OpenShift platform itself. The use of modern open-source Kubernetes-based technology and containerization, or its commercial OpenShift package, will more easily pave the way for you to build your applications while the platform is taken care of for you by the IBM Cloud and maintained by IBM according to set criteria for application availability and operation. With Cloud Satellite, you get a wide range of innovative IBM Cloud services, the ability to run them on your existing infrastructure, and the open flexibility to expand the infrastructure you will need tomorrow.

What is the future of the cloud?

Cloud development will continue as companies grow dynamically, change their operational requirements, and deploy more and more applications that run from the cloud environment. IBM Cloud Satellite helps businesses meet these challenges every day with an approach that is more flexible and agile in delivering cloud services than many competing cloud architectures. IBM Cloud Satellite simply saves time and efficiently helps IT, teams. To give you an example - quickly deploy a cluster to an on-premises environment, securely enroll on-premises in IBM Cloud, assign access rights and security across all environments. By offering better visibility across the entire infrastructure and deploying tools where they are needed, IT teams can perform operations with a few clicks. In addition to delivering the benefits of a distributed cloud architecture, IBM takes cloud management to the next level. 

With our partner IBM Slovakia, we bring consistency, transparency, and flexibility to our clients, helping them run processes where it makes the most sense for their business - whether it's in the public cloud, their data center, or their application access layer.

Source: IBM

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