IBM Advances Cloud Container Strategy

This week at the IBM Think 2018 conference IBM expanded the scope of its support for containers by making additional middleware tools available as containers and revealing that it will add support Windows containers running Microsoft.net applications to IBM Cloud Private platform later this year. Denis Kennelly, general manager for cloud integration at IBM, says the same capabilities also will be extended to the public cloud IBM makes available. IBM announced that API Connect, UrbanCode and Netcool middleware are joining other IBM offerings such as IBM Db2 and MQ Series that have already been made available as containers. Its not clear to what degree IBM will eventually transform its middleware portfolio into a series of microservices based on containers, but Kennelly says developers want to be able to build their own custom stacks of software and services as they see fit rather than always being required to consume large instances of monolithic middleware. By way of example, IBM last week unfurled an analytics service based on microservices running on Kubernetes on the IBM Cloud Private.

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