What if you could flip a switch and turn your stodgy old data center full of legacy apps into a cloud-enabled one capable of migrating apps and data to the public cloud with ease by containerizing your legacy apps?\nIBM says it has just such an offering in IBM Cloud Private, a platform focused on assisting private data centers looking for a relatively simple way to move into the cloud. The idea is to offer a consistent way of managing your application stack, regardless of where they reside.\u00a0\n\nIBM Cloud Private takes middleware and other legacy applications, places them inside Kubernetes containers and transforms them into contemporary applications using Kubernetes container orchestration. The software itself is already containerized, including IBM tools and most major open source databases.\u00a0\nCloud Private also provides tools and APIs to connect cloud services like Salesforce with a company\u2019s on-premises data center and share data from the cloud services with those legacy applications.\nOf course, IBM supports its own public cloud services, available through the SoftLayer subsidiary and BlueMix line, but Cloud Private will facilitate integration and portability of workloads to any cloud environment, such as Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure.\u00a0\n\u201cInnovation and adoption of public cloud services has been constrained by the challenge of transitioning complex enterprise systems and applications into a true cloud-native environment,\u201d said Arvind Krishna, senior vice president for IBM Hybrid Cloud and Director of IBM Research, in a statement.\u00a0\n\u201cIBM Cloud Private brings rapid application development and modernization to existing IT infrastructure and positions it to be combined with the services and experience of a public cloud platform,\u201d he added.\u00a0\nIBM also announced new container-optimized versions of core enterprise software, such as IBM WebSphere Liberty, Db2 and MQ, which are used to run and help secure the world\u2019s most business-critical applications and data. This it says will make it easier to share data and evolve applications as needed across IBM Cloud private and public clouds and other cloud environments with a consistent experience.\nWhat\u2019s included in IBM Cloud Private\nIBM Cloud Private is actually quite complex and has several moving parts. They include:\n\nCloud Management Automation \u2013 For management across public and private cloud environments to help launch, monitor and manage services.\nSecurity and Data Encryption \u2013 A security advisor to scan containers across the cloud to surface potentially serious issues and weaknesses, as well as encrypt all data when being moved around.\nCore Cloud Platform \u2013 Includes the container engine, Kubernetes orchestration, Cloud Foundry and essential management tools.\nInfrastructure choice \u2013 Includes support for Cisco, Dell EMC, Intel, Lenovo and NetApp, as well as IBM systems.\nData and Analytics \u2013 Integrations with database services, such as IBM Db2, PostgreSQL and MongoDB.\nApplication Support and DevOps Tools \u2013 Containerized versions of software and development frameworks for building containerized apps using DevOps practices.