By Angel Diaz
The 1990′s will be remembered for a lot of innovative trends and technologies in IT. One of them will surely be the massive explosion of application development. Companies built applications for everything from human resources and enterprise resource planning, to supply chain management, and more.
But one thing the decade won’t be remembered for is an innovative approach to bringing apps together. It was a rarity if the myriad applications that organizations built could actually talk to each other without major modifications. To get around the conundrum, companies who spent thousands on applications spent millions more to integrate them so that they could leverage each other and actually provide value.
At IBM, we spent the following years designing new ways to make it easier and far less costly for organizations to integrate apps and extract greater value from shared data. We took a leadership role at the beginning of the millennium to start helping companies move from silos where critical data was locked in stovepipes, to an environment that could be easily shared.
What’s amazing to me is that we stand on a similar ledge as we embark on the next great technology frontier – cloud computing. Organizations have quickly learned that the cloud presents a cost-effective, reliable and just a plain old smart way of delivering value. But cloud is more than another way to cut costs. Cloud technologies have the means to exponentially increase performance regardless of the industry. The problem is that many are leaping before they look and are investing in proprietary cloud solutions. Welcome back to the 1990s.
This time though, we’re learning from history and IBM has again taken a leadership role in working with others to create standards for cloud solutions.
- We helped found the Cloud Standards Customer Council to provide a space for customer-led recommendations for cloud standards.
- We contributed the Open Cloud Architecture as the basis of an industry-wide cloud architecture.
- We are a Platinum member of the OpenStack Foundation where IBM actively encourages the adoption of standards in the open source community.
Speaking of the OpenStack Foundation, today they announced the most significant release to date – Havana. I won’t get into the nitty-gritty here (if you’re interested in that stuff, please visit my blog), but I will tell you that Havana addresses two of the biggest inhibitors that plague cloud adopters:
- Concerns over the safety of their data, and,
- Ensuring their existing enterprise security is easily integrated.
By collaborating with other members of the OpenStack Keystone project team, IBM contributed enhancements that address key enterprise security requirements that will enable enterprise users to integrate OpenStack Keystone with their existing infrastructure. In other words, thanks to a standards-based approach, the cloud is even more secure and will work with your stuff. Did I mention that this work is creating a more reliable cloud? Yeah, that too.
This is just a taste of what enterprise users can expect from today’s Havana release. If you’d like to learn more and happen to be in Hong Kong Nov. 5-8, join us for the OpenStack Summit. Hope to see you there.