TechTarget | March 21, 2017

IBM’s cloud dreams soar on the wings of AI, open source

Hoping to play catch-up with its web services archrivals, IBM has rolled out a raft of products and services fueled by AI and open source.

LAS VEGAS — IBM continues its advance into the web services era with new cloud-based products and services for corporate users that want to transport data across multiple clouds and on-premises environments.

Many of the products and services introduced at the InterConnect conference here demonstrate not only IBM’s cloud commitment but also artificial intelligence (AI) and open source. The company also demonstrated how it would push the hottest new technologies, such as blockchain, to the heart of its longer-term strategy.

A key example here is a blockchain service built on the Linux Foundation’s Hyperledger Fabric 1.0, which can be deployed as a service for corporate developers to build production blockchain networks on IBM’s cloud.

Another example is the IBM Cloud for Financial Services, which offers corporate developers tools such as IBM Watson Platform for Financial Services, various AI features from Watson and a variety of open source offerings to create financial services applications that combine technologies such as cloud, blockchain and analytics.

IBM also continued its heavy drum beat for Watson-related AI technologies. A new cognitive assistant to be delivered via the IBM Cloud aims to aid IT pros that manage networks of mobile device and IoT devices.

Another new offering is a container service on Bluemix designed to increase the speed with which corporate developers create applications with better built-in security. The service will work with Kubernetes to automatically manage the infrastructure that runs and secures an application with containers.

The IBM move offers more evidence that platform as a service (PaaS) has become containers as a service, with similar announcements from a handful of top-tier PaaS vendors, including Apprenda.