Both strategies — building new cloud-native applications and modernizing existing applications to support cloud environments — need to be done in an open, portable manner that helps the public sector to improve time to value while avoiding lock-in. Containers and Kubernetes enable this by providing portability and consistency in development and operations, but developers and administrators are still required to continuously connect component layers and verify interoperability. In addition, collecting, integrating and analyzing data enables data engineers and scientists to help application developers infuse artificial intelligence (AI) into applications. However, the trick is to do this without adding complexity and cost. Once applications are built and connected to data, then IT operations needs them to run in an environment that is high performing, scalable and reliable.
Government and education IT leaders understand the need to harness digital transformation to foster innovation, be more cost effective and meet their missions. That’s why IBM continues to build on the family of IBM Cloud Pak® solutions — they give developers, data managers and administrators an open environment to quickly build new cloud-native applications, modernize existing applications, and extend the AI capabilities of IBM Watson into their business in a consistent manner across multiple clouds. Cloud Pak offerings provide:
- Software solutions including accelerators for use cases and blueprints – all delivered as a service with a modular architecture.
- Consistent added capabilities for deployment, lifecycle management, and production quality of service – logging, monitoring, version upgrade and roll-back, vulnerability assessment and testing.
- Certification by IBM to run on Red Hat OpenShift, providing full software stack support, and regular security, compliance and version compatibility updates.
IBM is committed to delivering enterprise software from across its portfolio for modern cloud environments; they can be quickly and easily deployed to Kubernetes-based container orchestration platforms. In addition, these Cloud Pak offerings provide resiliency, scalability and integration with core platform services, like monitoring or identity management that serve as a foundation for enterprise software solutions.
Cloud Pak solutions enable you to easily deploy modern enterprise software either on-premises, in the cloud, or with pre-integrated systems and quickly bring workloads to production by seamlessly leveraging Kubernetes as the management framework supporting production-level qualities of service and end-to-end lifecycle management.
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