IBM Cloud - New Wizard To Start Your Server

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Cloud computing is now an industry standard, it is not the new kid on the block. 94% of companies utilise cloud computing in some capacity, which highlights the scale with which the technology has spread.

Cloud computing is when computing resources are executed over the internet instead of a company owning and managing the resources themselves, onsite. These computing services include servers, data storage, networking, software applications, database management, blockchain, and artificial intelligence.

The IBM cloud platform is a combination of two offerings. The first is a platform as a service (PaaS), as well as an infrastructure as a service (IaaS). The nature of the platform means it is adaptable and scalable to an organization’s size. Whether a small dev team, or a large company. The cloud is deployed from data centers located all over the world, which means it runs fast and is reliable.

The environment is structured to give the user as much flexibility as possible to match their needs. Work can either be directly in the public cloud, or within a deployment model based in multiple clouds. No matter what your plans are, whether migrating apps, updating existing apps with cloud services, securing your data against regional location risks, or utilising new paradigms and topologies for deployment, the ecosystem and design of the platform can satisfy your project requirements.

One of the great features of the service is the IBM Wizard that helps with deployment to a server.

What is a Wizard?

In computing terms, a software wizard guides a user through a step by step process until a task is completed. The goal most frequently is an installation or configuration and in the case of deployment, it is guiding you to a successful deployment on the cloud. The basic premise of a wizard is to make long and complicated processes simpler, by breaking them down into smaller tasks.

What else is on offer on the IBM Cloud Platform?

The IBM cloud platform is created from a number of different parts that all work in synergy to create a reliable cloud. These parts include:

  • A console that works as the central management point when creating, accessing, and distributing resources
  • A security system with an identity and access management system to authenticate users on multiple levels within your resources
  • A search system to identify resources, including a filter and tag manager.
  • Billing and account management with precise data around usage, allowing complete pricing and credit fraud protection

Available Products

Within the cloud, you’ll have access to hundreds of products within the IBM catalogue. Some of the most popular are below.

Bare Metal Servers

Cloud servers operating at a high performance, with up to 20TB of bandwidth. These can be configured either monthly or hourly.

Virtual Servers

Both dedicated and public virtual servers are available that can scale according to demand

Object Storage

Storage for date that’s without structure, providing resilience, security and durability

Kubernetes Service

Utilising the open source kubernetes, users can create scheduling, self healing and horizontal scaling

Blockchain platform

Speed up development and management of a network across multiple institutions

Watson Assistant

Create virtual assistants that have more versatility than basic chatbots and deploy them

Natural language understanding

Concepts, entities and sentiment are some examples of metadata than can be pulled from text and analysed.

Pricing

There are four pricing packages on offer for people looking to use the IBM cloud: Lite, Pay-as-you-go, reserved instances, and subscription. Pricing varies depending on individual needs, to get an estimate, fill in the required information on this IBM cost estimator.

Lite

This provides free access to more than 40 IBM Cloud services and doesn’t require a credit card.

Pay-as-you-go

Pay only for the resources that you use, without any more commitments

Reserved instances

This requires either a 1 or 3 year commitment, to the reserved capacity. Ideal for guaranteeing resources for deployments in the future

Subscriptions

With this format, you know exactly how much you pay every month and what you receive for it.

The IBM cloud is a very powerful platform that should be seriously considered by organisations looking to improve their cloud computing. With an intuitive wizard and an adaptable ecosystem, the platform can accommodate a wide range of needs and demands.