Evaluate Istio on OpenShift

Evaluate Istio, an open platform to connect, manage, and secure microservices on OpensShift with this post describing deployment of the latest release with details on basic functionality.
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Container Management with CloudForms – Security & Compliance

This blog is part 4 of our series on Container Management with CloudForms.
This blog post focuses on the security and compliance aspects of managing containerized  environments.

In a container based infrastructure, the container software is often built directly by developers, usually via continuous integration (CI/CD). Once it comes to deploying this software in production, we need to make sure it is securely validated.
Another challenge is the source of those containers. Developers can use any base images for their builds, including insecure container images downloaded from the Internet. On the other hand, Enterprise IT needs to ensure all containers running in production are built based on trusted and approved sources.
And finally, it is also important to validate that all containers images, as well as containers instantiated from those images, are up to date with respect to security fixes.
CloudForms provides specific capabilities for managing security and compliance for container based infrastructures.
It can enforce policies for container hosts, and marks the nodes that are not compliant (e.g. outdated versions, configuration issues, security risks, etc). Those policies take into account information about the container host itself, but also about any resources that are connected to this host. If needed, it can trigger an action to start automatic remediation. We could for example automatically trigger an update of a package when a new security fix is available.
CloudForms also provides reporting for container sources. For example, it can identify containers that come from untrusted registries.
Finally it can scan the content of container images using OpenSCAP for standardized security checks. When an image is identified as non-compliant, all running containers instantiated from this image can be flagged automatically.
The following video demonstration highlights these capabilities in CloudForms:

Compliance with Enterprise Policies
Trusted Sources (flagging Unknown Registries)
Container Images Validation
Out-of-Compliance Containers


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Building your digital platform to capitalize in a multicloud environment

Recently I shared my thoughts on how to tackle digital transformation in a multicloud world. I talked about the business need for agility, reliability and a developer experience that is fast, simple and based on modern tools.  Today I want to share how you build the digital platform and how microservices play a key part in this transformation.
Why microservices and agile methods are core to the digital platform
Both are well suited to deal with projects that require a degree of uncertainty to be managed, along with a need to iterate quickly and be able to respond rapidly to changing requirements.  Agile methods help prioritize the work of teams, so they can quickly iterate and respond to change. Similarly, microservice architectures enable small teams to build and integrate new capabilities where each microservice operates on its own delivery schedule.  These two approaches help leaders build small responsive teams that can investigate, develop and deliver new capabilities independently, creating an environment that supports innovation.
Meeting developer expectations
My goal is to provide the next generation of technology that forms the foundation for enterprises to maintain their edge in the new digital economy. These technologies help development teams build cloud-native applications while using the skills they already have, such as their investment in Java development and WebSphere. By building on this established skill base, productivity can be reached faster. There is no need to retrain or hire new developers, or spend time investigating and understanding new technologies, and new solutions can be built that integrate and leverage the investment in existing applications.
I also recognize the value of open source projects, because developers can benefit from the collective experience and innovation that an open community provides.  This is why we have invested in the Eclipse MicroProfile project, alongside a host of other well-known open source industry contributors, to create an open community initiative to develop the capabilities required for building robust Java microservices and cloud-native applications.  The Eclipse MicroProfile project sets out to extend the existing broad range of Java EE capabilities for building microservices, and developers should be encouraged to participate in and define the future for Java microservices.
Delivering capabilities to help capitalize on multi-cloud strategy.
Meeting the expectations of developers and building capabilities as part of an open community are two principles I firmly believe in.  These two principles are at the heart of our decision to create the Open Liberty project – an open source server runtime built from the same Java EE and MicroProfile capabilities we provide in our commercial WebSphere Liberty portfolio, made available as open source in Github. I believe that the Open Liberty project provides an ideal foundation to build the next generation of cloud-native apps.
Having a strong foundation in Java microservices may not be enough to achieve the true value of a multicloud strategy. You also need a consistent approach to your software deployments irrespective of the target cloud.  This is why we also invested in creating Microservice Builder, an end-to-end delivery pipeline that helps you build and deploy containerized apps and microservices into the Kubernetes-based IBM Cloud and our new private cloud offering, IBM Cloud Private. With IBM Cloud Private, developers  can run their next generation data and software with the inclusion of underlying containers, logging, auditing and encryption services. The architecture is not only compatible with IBM Cloud, but most other public cloud platforms, supporting easy portability and integration across multicloud environments.
One of the best ways to learn and manage these cloud technologies and methods is to be hands-on with them, which is where the IBM Cloud Garage Method can help jump-start your learning process.  We provide the guidance and structure to help you learn how to approach new projects using Open Liberty and Microservice Builder or any other cloud technology you choose.  The Garage Method leads you from an initial evaluation to scalable and transformative solutions that will enable you to learn how to think about and build microservices using agile techniques.
I’ll leave you with this closing thought – the best way to be successful in today’s digital landscape is to be able to assemble the componentry that makes the most sense for your business.  Getting started to build Java microservices is easy using Open Liberty, and you can be confident that they will seamlessly integrate with your existing WebSphere apps, while putting you in charge of your own cloud journey.
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Earth to IT…Integration is critical to your mobile strategy

(This post is part of a series. Read  part one and part two to learn more about the urgent need for Hybrid Integration.)
When I tweeted about my latest integration blog referencing Austin Powers International Man of Mystery, I encouraged people to take 7 minutes out of their days to read through it.  But let’s all be honest. You spent 7 minutes reading the blog post and then the next 35 minutes watching Austin Powers clips on YouTube.  You’re welcome.
One of my favorite parts of Zoolander, beyond the fact that he was not an ambiturner, was his cell phone.  Remember it?  It was about the size of a matchbox.  And beyond that, given that it was 2001, it was funny how attached he was to it.
Derek Zoolander: “Turn off my phone?”
Matilda: “Yeah.”
Derek Zoolander: “Earth to Matilda, this phone is as much a part of me as…”
Now it is 2017.  The question is, “How would you complete that sentence?”  Think about it.  How soon after you wake up in the morning do you check your phone?  How many times per day?  While it is the connectivity aspect rather than the phone itself, your phone is as much a part of you as…
That is why mobile has become such a critical aspect of not only marketing and sales, but of the entire customer experience.  And that means a mobile first strategy for any new system of engagement.  Whether it’s targeted ads for a free orange mocha frapuccino, a customer complaint that the new moisturizer isn’t delivering on the promise to keep them really, really, ridiculously good looking, or even the ability to collect donations for the center for kids who can’t read good and want to learn to do other stuff good too, mobile is the interactive media of choice.
From an IT perspective, making mobile the primary channel to engage with your customers is easy to make happen, right?  Is it as simple as connecting just another web application to your integration bus?  Uh…Earth to IT, all of those really cool mobile customer engagements the business is demanding are going to require you to re-evaluate how you do integration.  When we spoke to the experts at IDC they gave us some great pointers:

A security-first design is required for developers creating APIs between back-end services and mobile devices, as well as a build and test methodology to ensure corporate assets are being protected from unwanted access and use through mobile channels.
Cloud is the preferred location for back-end business logic and data services accessed by mobile devices, because it is “closer” to mobile devices and available whenever and wherever internet connectivity exists. Placing this logic in the cloud may require another layer of connectivity and replication to/from on-premises if a legacy application is part of the use case.
Production APIs must be managed to ensure the back-end services are performing adequately, and as systems are updated or the mobile app is modified, resulting changes are made to the APIs.
Session and state management is included in the API functionality, mobile applications and integration technology solutions.

A mobile first approach requires more than just standard integration.  It requires a true understanding of and investment in hybrid integration.  How you connect, and how well you connect, on-premises applications to cloud applications to devices, is critical to your mobile strategy success.
If your organization is one that “can’t do mobile good and wants to learn how to do other stuff good too” then download the IDC Report The Urgent Need for Hybrid Integration or go to the IBM Integration website to learn more about IBM’s view on hybrid cloud integration.
Now I’m off for an orange mocha frappuccino.
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IBM Cloud revenue jumps 20 percent in third quarter

Cloud now represents 20 percent of total IBM revenue, according to third-quarter earnings results released this week.
In the quarter, revenue from as-a-service offerings was up 25 percent year-over-year. Total cloud revenue jumped 20 percent over the third quarter of 2016, and over the trailing 12 months, was up by 25 percent, with a total revenue of $15.8 billion. That number includes $8.8 billion in as-a-service revenue and $7 billion for hardware, software and services to for integrating cloud solutions across public, private and hybrid environments.
Clients who started new or stepped up existing cloud engagements with IBM over the quarter included Walgreens, Honeywell, the US Army and Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
Learn more about IBM Cloud third-quarter earnings in the infographic below.

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[Podcast] PodCTL #10 – Service Catalog all the Things

One of the most frequently discussed topics that we’ve had on the show is how Kubernetes has expanded the breadth of applications that can be containerized. This allows companies to run both existing applications and new (cloud-native, microservices) applications in containers, on Kubernetes. This week, we sat down with Paul Morie (@cheddarmint, Principal Software Engineer @RedHat, […]
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IBM expands partnership with Docker to drive apps to the public cloud

Today at DockerCon EU in Copenhagen, we’re sharing the news that IBM is expanding our relationship with Docker.
Together, IBM and Docker will be making it easier for clients to modernize their existing applications with Docker Enterprise Edition, combined with IBM Cloud, software and services.
Before we dive in, here’s a glimpse into the growth of our partnership, which is focused on three points:

Docker Enterprise Edition (EE) for IBM Cloud, which will allow customers to easily bring up a Docker environment to containerize their existing workloads and run them on IBM Cloud.
IBM’s participation in Docker’s Modernize Traditional Applications (MTA) program, so that we can help customers improve efficiency and agility by modernizing existing portfolios.
Certified IBM software will be available in the Docker Store, simplifying the containerization of existing software which uses IBM middleware.

For the past several years, we have collaborated with Docker to help customers realize the benefits of containers. Since then, we have expanded our work together to deliver the value of Docker and its container platform to customers in new, secure and powerful ways, whether they are running in the cloud or on IBM Systems, or a mixture of both.
Why is this important? As more companies look to migrate critical infrastructure and workloads to the cloud, they need to do so in a way that is efficient, secure, and cost effective. You may have already found that containers are the perfect solution, especially when moving from one computing environment, such as a physical machine in a data center, to a public cloud.
These new aspects of our partnership enable customers use Docker containers to more quickly move their existing applications to the cloud. Then, they can easily extend them using IBM Cloud services to help them innovate faster, build more intelligent solutions and compete.
Docker EE for IBM Cloud
Our ongoing focus and ultimate mission is to help organizations more easily migrate their current data and workloads to the public cloud. Earlier this year, we announced Docker EE available for Linux on IBM z Systems, LinuxONE and Power Systems. Built for hybrid cloud environments, this offering pairs the agility of Docker containers with the speed and scale of our enterprise servers, which can support up to one million Docker containers on a single system.
Building on this success, IBM and Docker are now working side by side to deliver an edition of Docker EE, which is great for enterprises looking to shift their workloads to containers on the IBM public cloud.
Here’s one notable aspect of this new offering: once these existing workloads are transitioned to the IBM Cloud via Docker containers, enterprise teams will be able to rapidly connect and integrate them with the services that make the IBM public cloud so attractive to many. That means companies can take their monolithic applications and make them smarter with Watson, without having to change the original application.
Using Docker on IBM Cloud, a pet supply store can containerize its digital inventory and easily connect it into cloud services such as Watson Visual Recognition and Twilio. This would allow a user to snap an image of an item, such as pet food, from their mobile phone, and then quickly receive information from the store’s databases about the item details and cost.
Joining the Docker Modernize Traditional Apps program
There’s another layer to this announcement: IBM is also joining Docker’s Modernize Traditional Applications (MTA) Program. With IT operations teams in mind, the Docker MTA program partners with companies to design and embark on cloud and containers transformation projects, which fits well with our own priority to help more of our customers modernize their legacy systems with cloud.
We’ve worked with hundreds of companies across nearly every industry over the years through our Global Business and Technology Services teams, so we know that a vast majority need a way to easily make their existing legacy apps more secure, efficient and portable to both hybrid and public cloud platforms. Now that IBM is an official Docker MTA partner, we can make it easier for both our customers and Docker users to begin moving to a modern cloud architecture on IBM Cloud.
Driving IBM Certified Content in the Docker store
It can be difficult for companies to take that first step of containerizing existing applications, which is why we are announcing that we are publishing official IBM software in the Docker store, including WebSphere Application Server, WebSphere MQ, and IBM DB2 database.
This will enable customers to quickly access the software images needed for containerization, and gain confidence in those images through the promises of container certification.
Making the move to cloud
Our existing partnership with Docker has a lot of history behind it, and through our relationship, we have become one of their trusted support partners. Our deep collaboration has now allowed us to create a unified experience through single vendor support, a comprehensive cloud platform, and a managed services portfolio that can handle even the most complex customer needs.
But we’re not stopping there. This next chapter for us and Docker will focus on our enterprise-strong mission, one that truly aids the customer on their journey to public cloud.
Discuss your thoughts on this here.
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