June 16, 2020 By Jagan Karuturi
Todd O’Mara
4 min read

Persistent now has more than 2,000 professionals with containerization and Kubernetes skills and a new Cloud Pak deployment practice to help clients migrate workloads across IBM Cloud.

Modern IT business leaders want to rapidly build and deploy applications that scale intelligently over hybrid cloud. To do this efficiently, containerization with Kubernetes is a leading trend. By packaging software code and all its dependencies, containerization allows applications to run uniformly and consistently on any infrastructure–both on-prem and in the cloud. As the methodology and technology have matured, developers and operations teams are increasingly seeing cost savings and time to market benefits.

Containerize it

In 2018, IBM was working with business partner Persistent Systems to update a product called IBM Product Master. The deployment process for IBM Product Master had become too onerous, requiring a great deal of configuration and setup even after the software was downloaded and installed. For Anup Gandhi, Chief Product Architect & Offering Manager at Persistent Systems, it was clear that the IBM Product Master application would benefit from the change to containerization.

“We were hearing from customers that it was taking three or four days, even up to a week, to get the application up and running,” Gandhi recalls. “Customers today don’t have that kind of patience, especially in organizations that lack the dedicated IT support internally.”

For over five years, product engineers at Persistent Systems have used containerization technology to modernize applications and prepare them for a cloud- and DevOps-driven world. With IBM Product Master, they identified a number of unmet opportunities to align the solution with the evolving needs and market trends of the organizations and industries it serves.

Read the full story, “Unlocking Speed, Scalability, and Cloud-Readiness: Persistent Containerizes IBM Product Master.”

A faster, more reliable way to modernize and move to the cloud

The work that the Persistent Systems did to containerize IBM Product Master paid off, successfully addressing the challenges of deployment and modernization. With more and more application modernization projects benefiting from containerization, IBM also has embraced the strategy, having revamped its multibillion-dollar middleware business at the source-code-level, completely rewriting its software to take advantage of Red Hat OpenShift and run in a near cloud native fashion, both on-prem and in the IBM public cloud.

IBM developed IBM Cloud Paks®, which are enterprise-ready, containerized software solutions that give clients an open, faster and more secure way to move core business applications to any cloud. Each IBM Cloud Pak includes containerized IBM middleware and common software.

While in 2018, Persistent needed a team of software developers to rewrite code in order to containerize IBM Product Master, today IBM Cloud Paks allow that type of hybrid flexibility, with applications easily moved between on-prem and public cloud.

IBM Cloud Paks have rapidly gained traction with clients following their introduction in 2019. With the incorporation of the Red Hat OpenShift container platform, clients can now build and deploy enterprise-ready containerized software in an open, fast, and secure way across any cloud, including IBM’s public cloud.

Cloud Paks deployed on IBM’s public cloud have become the foundation for many core IT modernization projects. Red Hat® OpenShift on IBM Cloud™* is a fully managed OpenShift service that leverages the enterprise scale and security of IBM Cloud so that mutual clients can focus on developing applications. It’s directly integrated into the same Kubernetes service that maintains 25 billion on-demand forecasts daily at The Weather Company®**. IBM is the first cloud provider to integrate OpenShift 4.3 into an as-a-service offering.

The right combination of skills to accelerate ROI

With Cloud Paks, enterprise leading solutions can be deployed across any on-prem and cloud as-a-service infrastructure. Yet, many clients still lack the right combination of skills to accelerate Cloud Pak deployments, configurations, and integrations with existing data and applications.

According to analyst firm 451 Research’s “Voice of the Enterprise (VotE): Digital Pulse, Organizational Dynamics 2019” report, 86% of enterprises are facing skills shortages with regard to cloud adoption (451 Research, 2020)***. Without the right skills, they risk not fully realizing the ROI benefits of applications deployed on a modern IT infrastructure.

Deploying and configuring workloads into Cloud Paks requires a mix of containerization skills, cloud platform expertise, and application product knowledge. With automated operations and streamlined lifecycle management, this empowers development teams to build and deploy applications faster while helping operations teams provision, manage, and scale a Kubernetes platform. Organizations need a partner who brings experience across these critical domains to manage the complexity of deployments.

As a long-time development partner for IBM, Persistent’s expertise extends far beyond IBM Product Master. In addition to its product engineering experience, Persistent Systems has many of these necessary skills with the recent training of more than 2,000 engineers and technical professionals on containerization and Kubernetes skills. The company has more than 11,000 software and systems engineers and developers across the globe, supporting several other complex software applications from leading technology brands. This is added to Persistent’s 17-year relationship as a development partner to IBM and extensive experience with leading cloud platforms, including IBM public cloud. The result is the ability to rapidly accelerate enterprise core IT modernization by deploying IBM Cloud Paks.

Persistent Cloud Pak deployment capabilities include the following:

  • Discovery & Assessment: Understand current deployment environment, application topology, and future plans.
  • Deployment & Configuration: Designed to support varied environments. Deploy Cloud Pak components and configure options and security.
  • Integration & Customization: Integrations with multiple data sources and other applications across deployment options.
  • Modernization & ROI: Optimize to realize benefits across efficiency, agility, and security.

Learn more about IBM public cloud and visit the IBM Cloud Paks and Red Hat OpenShift on IBM Cloud pages.

Read the IBM and Persistent recent press release here.

* Red Hat® and OpenShift® are trademarks or registered trademarks of Red Hat, Inc. or its subsidiaries in the United States and other countries.

** The Weather Company® is a registered trademark of TWC Product and Technology, LLC, an IBM Company.

*** 451 Research, part of S&P Global Market Intelligence. (2020, January 02) Cloud trends in 2020: The year of complexity, and its management. Retrieved from https://clients.451research.com/reportaction/98502/Toc


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