For cloud computing, open means agile

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David Lindquist, IBM Fellow, VP, CTO Tivoli Software

Today’s era of rapid change in enterprise technology will be a major theme for the thousands of attendees at our Pulse conference in Las Vegas this week. The rapidly changing landscape of cloud computing, mobile and big data analytics are leading breakthroughs in agility, new engagement models and business outcomes. But as an industry, to fully capitalize on this potential we need to drive an open cloud architecture, to support interoperability and portability across public, private and hybrid clouds.

Speed and flexibility are critical to deliver successful business outcomes, this will only come with open interfaces enabling rapid composition of new business applications and delivery with workload optimization to address elastic scale, security and resilience. across. To support these new enterprise development and delivery models, we need open standards that enable agility.

The combination of open standards and open source are critical factors to the success of cloud computing, just as we experienced with the Internet and the explosive growth of the web. An open cloud architecture is a critical design point, one that will accelerate adoption, ecosystem growth and industry-wide innovation. We are already beginning to see these innovations emerge within the open communities, including: advances in software defined infrastructure, workload portability, and agility in the development of business applications.

Together with the OpenStack Foundation, Open Services Lifecycle Collaboration (OSLC) and OASIS, we are helping to lead open cloud standards and open source initiatives. Creating an industry rallying point to drive interoperability is accelerating delivery and lowering costs, while optimizing the infrastructure layers and enabling management of the entire lifecycle to support agility with integrity. Further, workload portability and optimization supports scale, security, recovery, resiliency and agility in the development and delivery of new business applications and business models.

With our partners, I believe we have made great contributions towards a more agile, open standards based approach to cloud computing.

For example, with software defined compute, networking and storage at the infrastructure layer, we have been contributing key assets to OpenStack and are consuming OpenStack within our own IBM SmartCloud Foundations. The opportunity is significant here and we believe we can help contribute to the development of an open infrastructure-as-a-service.

Further, to support the interoperability and portability of workloads across clouds we are contributing and supporting the OASIS Topology and Orchestration Specification for Cloud Applications known as TOSCA. To drive the full lifecycle of design, development, and delivery we architect our cloud solutions with Linked Data and OSLC. By leveraging OSLC we are creating an open environment to easily integrate and federate our capabilities as well as third-party tools to support DevOps, Continuous Delivery pipelines, orchestration and automation.

By opening access to data though OSLC, we can quickly pull together solutions that span the complete lifecycle, provide dashboards with insights driven by analytics, and link information across applications and infrastructures to support subject matter experts, all with a compelling user experience. With OSLC we have been able to leverage the extensive capabilities and data across our products to provide consumable interfaces. These examples include storage management, application and infrastructure monitoring, and control desk solutions. With this architecture and these interfaces, users can easily access information across systems, using mobile access, and compose dashboards with the insights their businesses need.

When you look at the progress being made, it’s easy to see that by embracing open standards, you embrace business agility. Harnessing the power of a changing enterprise technology ecosystem, open standards can deliver speed, flexibility and true business value.

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David Lindquist

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David Lindquist is an IBM Fellow and VP, CTO Tivoli Software.
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