IBM Spreads Container Access Broader Across its Operations

Container platforms continue to migrate across IBM’s cloud operations, with the latest infiltrating the company’s content platform components. IBM’s content platforms manage unstructured data throughout an organization.

IBM’s content services containers add access to its FileNet content manager, content navigator, and case manager Docker containers for faster deployment. This also allows for IBM’s content platforms to run on-premises, in a public cloud, or in a hybrid cloud environment.

Kevin Trinh, cloud integration architect for hybrid cloud at IBM, noted in a blog post that the use of the new features can cut the deployment of an IBM content platform from hours or weeks to minutes.

He explained that the addition of Docker containers and an orchestration platform like Kubernetes provide for better scalability, resiliency, management, and monitoring of these content platforms.

The content services container platform uses the company’s WebSphere Liberty application server. Trinh noted the cloud-native server offers a small footprint for increased portability of content platform containers, provides dynamic runtime configuration, and supports custom application deployment.

It also includes open source monitoring options such as collectd, logstash, and filebeat. Logging information can be integrated with IBM Cloud monitoring or other cloud services.

IBM late last year rolled out container-optimized versions of core enterprise software. This included WebSphere Liberty, Db2, and MQ, which is used to run and help secure business-critical applications and data. The company said the move makes it easier to share data and move applications across IBM Cloud private and public clouds and other cloud environments.

“We have been aggressively restacking our services into this container-based mechanism,” explained John Considine, general manager of IBM Cloud Infrastructure, at the time.

That move followed on the heels of IBM partnering with Docker to help organizations migrate legacy applications to the cloud.

Container Competition

IBM’s deeper integration of container platforms comes as other large IT vendors are also extending their container-based offerings.

For instance, Cisco recently bolstered its container push with the launch of a new platform that uses Kubernetes as a management and orchestration component to support enterprises migrating workloads and applications into production environments.

More recently, Red Hat purchased container platform provider CoreOS for $250 million. The deal brings CoreOS’ expertise in enterprise container platforms through its Tectonic product into Red Hat’s container efforts centered on its OpenShift platform.