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The present and future of IBM Cloud virtual servers

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If you’ve been following us over the past few months, you know we’ve been up to a lot. IBM Cloud is evolving when it comes to how we offer and provide flexibility as you digitally transform your business to keep up with (and get ahead in) an ever-changing landscape.

As you already know, we’ve rebranded from Bluemix to IBM Cloud, which carries over into our virtual server offering as IBM Cloud virtual servers.

With this redefinition, we also took a step back to truly understand the experiences you want us to deliver. There are four themes we’ve heard from you regarding items we’ve brought to market over the last few months:

  1. Virtual server robustness and stability
  2. Control and deployment flexibility
  3. Simplified experience
  4. Optimizing costs

Virtual server robustness and stability

Virtual server availability is top of mind for everyone. Without a robust, available service, it is hard to build an application knowing that at any point something can and will go offline. Over the past few months, we’ve doubled down on availability of the highest standard when it comes to IBM Cloud virtual servers. Optimizing our platform was critical in ensuring virtually zero downtime, as the expectation from our clients is continuity in workload availability.

Part of our robustness and stabilization efforts are also around provisioning experiences. Similar to service availability, we have also doubled down on optimizing our virtual server provisions—in some cases decreasing times by 3-4x on Windows images and improvements on Linux images as well.

Control and deployment flexibility

As your business digitally transforms and you move workloads to IBM Cloud, you inextricably need the same level of control and placement of workloads as you experienced on-premises or in private clouds. With your feedback, we introduced dedicated hosts—an augmentation to our existing single tenant offering.

This new deployment model allows clients to define colocation and anti-colocation of workloads, so if you need two virtual servers to be provisioned on the same underlying hardware, you can. If you need two virtual servers to be provisioned on different underlying hardware, you can. Provisioning on dedicated hosts comes with the same provisioning experience as other virtual servers, but with added control.

Simplified experience

Experience is paramount as we continue to evolve our virtual server offering and we’ve provided a facelift. Not only have we made strides to condense and simplify our provisioning experience, but we’ve also removed the guesswork of provisioning virtual servers. With this facelift, we are transitioning to a flavor provisioning model that allows clients to provision various sizes that meet workload requirements.

Optimize costs

As part of introducing flavors, we wanted to pass cost savings to you, as you’ve told us that cost optimizations are critical. With the introduction of flavors, we’ve been able to provide up to 30 percent price reductions when provisioning public virtual server flavors.

Continuing with optimizing costs, we also collaborated with Red Hat through their Cloud Access program. This allows you to leverage existing licenses—used on-premises or in private clouds—on IBM Cloud as you provision or migrate workloads to cloud.

We’re just getting started

The last few months have been busy and we are not slowing down, even through the holiday season. Expect more capabilities and features on cost savings, additional experience simplifications, and new flavors to deliver value in accelerated computing.

We are very excited with what we’ve been able to deliver over the past few months—and even more excited to work with you to deliver the next set of capabilities. Your feedback is paramount to the features we deliver.

As always, I’m interested to know how you are flying in the cloud, so talk to me: @milan3patel.

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