IBM unveils ‘Cloud Private’, ramps up AI thrust via Power9 chip

By Edd K. Usman

Tech titan IBM has introduced in the Philippines two of its latest products — the “Cloud Private” software platform and the Power9 processor.

IBM Philippines country general manager Luisito Pineda bares the company’s new product offerings in a lunch reception for journalists in Makati City

IBM Philippines country general manager Luisito Pineda bares the company’s new product offerings in a lunch reception for journalists in Makati City

The American firm designed its latest cloud offering through open source to give it the capability to empowering businesses to port their applications from private cloud to public cloud seamlessly.

Its hardware offering, the Power9 chip, signals IBM’s further foray — as it deep-dives — into artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning.

IBM introduced Power9 in the US recently and is being tapped by Google and the US Department of Energy (DOE) for its incoming “Summit” and “Sierra” supercomputers.

The company built the Power9 chip in the face of the spike in the world’s requirements for more powerful computing power to leverage AI and machine learning, now becoming the foundation of many new innovations.

“As a result, data scientists can build applications faster, ranging from deep learning insights in scientific research, real-time fraud detection and credit risk analysis,” IBM said during its introduction in the US.

IBM said over $50 billion has been spent in 2017 by businesses “to create and evolve private clouds with growth rates of 15 to 20 percent a year through 2020.”

Lope Doromal, CTO of IBM Philippines, discussed to Newsbytes.PH the new cloud offering, the idea behind it, particularly its being anchored on open source.

“One of the key objectives when this was being developed was base it on open core technology, primarily to make sure that there is no lockout for customers. Our key principle on the cloud is to really make sure there’s like hybrid integration across all of our cloud offerings,” Doromal said.

Thus, he said IBM is using the same technology both for its private cloud and public cloud offerings.

Doromal said the company’s objective in using a single technology for its cloud offerings is to enable customers or companies to develop applications in their private cloud and if they want in the future to move to the public cloud, they can do so seamlessly.

He said Dockers and Kubernetes – two open source technologies — make this possible, porting from private to public cloud. Customers’ investment will be protected because they will not be locked-out, he added.

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