ORLANDO \u2013 IBM has rolled out a multi-cloud management system that promises to help customers manage, move and integrate apps across multivendor cloud infrastructures.\nIBM\u2019s new Kubernetes-based Multi-cloud Manager runs on the company\u2019s year-old IBM Cloud Private platform but lets customers manage and integrate workloads on clouds from other providers such as Amazon, Red Hat and Microsoft. That means better automation, quicker spin-up of services, and better pricing when using the IBM platform, said IBM\u2019s Robin Hernandez, director of IBM Private Cloud Offering Management. He made the announcement at Gartner Symposium\/IT Expo.\n\nHernandez says at the heart of the Multi-cloud Manager is a dashboard interface for managing thousands of Kubernetes applications and huge volumes of data regardless of where in the organization they are located.\nThe idea is that if a company uses one cloud for its AI services, uses another for its inventory and supply chain, and runs its financial and customer data its own on-premises systems, Multi-cloud Manager lets operations and development teams get visibility of Kubernetes applications and components across the different clouds and clusters via a single control pane.\u00a0\nSuch a multi-cloud environment gets complicated and hard to manage quickly. Hernandez cited IBM\u2019s own Institute for Business Value research pointing out that \u00a085 percent of companies are using more than one cloud environment. During a keynote address at Gartner\u2019s Symposium\/ITxpo this week, IBM CEO Ginni Rometty said IBM's clients have an average of six cloud deployments and 1,000 apps.\nHelping customers manage those environments is one of the multi-cloud customer issues IBM is looking to address with the new package.\nHernandez said Multi-cloud Manager will also help customers with governance and security. IBM said the system includes an integrated compliance and rules engine that help ensure Kubernetes applications remain compliant with enterprise for security. The system lets customers define how, where, and when Kubernetes applications are deployed, how they are backed up, and what happens in case of a security breach or system failure.\nAnalysts said it is a good move for IBM to let customers keep their cloud management options open, since by Gartner\u2019s count companies like Amazon, Google, Microsoft, and Alibaba are dominating the cloud infrastructure arena.\nRoy Illsley, distinguished analyst with Ovum research, wrote that while 20 percent of business processes have already moved to the cloud, 80 percent of mission-critical workloads and sensitive data are still running on on-premises business systems because of performance and regulatory requirements.\u00a0\n\u201cHowever, in 2019, the percentage of these workloads running in the cloud will increase to over 40 percent, and we anticipate that in the coming years enterprise clients will move to multi-cloud systems that cater for a broad variety of business and IT needs," Illsley wrote.\nThe Multi-cloud Manager also will help IBM compete with cloud management competitors such as Nutanix and Kublr.