International Business Machines Corp (NYSE:IBM) Adds To RefStack
International Business Machines Corp (NYSE:IBM) has contributed features to OpenStack’s RefStack Project. The features that IBM has added to the cloud computing platform are expected to make it more interoperable. RefStack was launched last year and it is mainly focused on simplifying transfer of data and apps across different clouds.
International Business Machines Corp (NYSE:IBM) is one of the major contributors to RefStack. At the moment, contributors to the platform are keen to improve its usability, stability and interoperability. IBM’s contributions have been geared toward enhancing these three core areas of the RefStack platform.
In addition to directly contributing features to RefStack, International Business Machines Corp (NYSE:IBM) is also pitching the platform to developers. Its view is to highlight the interoperability credential of the platform. For example, later this year the company will be running interoperability challenge for developers focused on OpenStack environments. IBM’s October 2016 developer challenge will focus on demonstrating RefStack’s interoperability for hybrid, on-premise and public OpenStack deployments.
International Business Machines Corp (NYSE:IBM) and others contributing to RefStack are driving toward a platform that enables customers to operate clouds and even mingle them without much complication.
Raise public cloud profile
As for IBM, contributing to RefStack is also another opportunity to raise its public cloud profile. The company is battling for the control of the public cloud market against Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN)’s AWS, Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT)’s Azure and Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG)’s Google Cloud Platform. These rivals are miles ahead, but IBM is confident it will catch up and possibly overtake them over time.
Other interoperability contributors
International Business Machines Corp (NYSE:IBM) is not the only one contributing toward making OpenStack environments more interoperable. At the OpenStack Summit in Austin, several companies dropped their own interoperability announcements. Among them were Red Hat Inc (NYSE:RHT), and Pure Storage Inc (NYSE:PSTG). Verizon Communications Inc (NYSE:VZ) also had something to say about its OpenStack projects. The carrier said it had completed the deployment of NFV OpenStack across five data centers.
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