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By Marco Sebastiani (marco.sebastiani@it.ibm.com) and Manish Aggarwal (maggarwal@ca.ibm.com)

In the IT world today, everything seems to be cloud. Cloud represents a key transformation in how IT departments and organizations provide services.  IT organizations that embrace cloud are driven by the need to increase the speed of delivery of services to their users, while achieving the desired level of environment and operational control. But what do they need to achieve this?

With IBM Cloud Orchestrator, you can implement a cloud model with extreme ease, flexibility and reliability. Today we are excited to announce a new release of IBM Cloud Orchestrator that will make it even easier to make progress on your cloud journey and get more business value from your cloud.

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Let’s look at how IBM Cloud Orchestrator answers the key business needs that drive customers to adopt cloud.

We have invested in virtualizing most of our environments, what does it mean for us to add a cloud manager? And mostly, can we continue to leverage our virtualization with IBM Cloud Orchestrator?

Cloud is about automating the delivery of IT services. For example, the service delivery process can typically take weeks and involve several IT departments to deliver a service that provides a production-ready middleware stack for a home banking application that requires more than the creation of virtual machines. IBM Cloud Orchestrator is a complete automation platform on top of the virtualization infrastructure that automates all the steps to deliver an IT service, reducing the delivery time from weeks to minutes.

IBM Cloud Orchestrator exploits all of your on-premises existing virtualized environments, and it can also exploit off-premises public clouds. Most importantly, its infrastructure layer is fully based on OpenStack, providing a cloud automation platform completely based on a standard set of APIs, meaning there’s no technology lock-in and plenty of choices.

IBM Cloud Orchestrator provides visibility. Finally, all requests are conducted onto a unique platform, making it easy to see who is using what, and to optimize the use of resources across departments.

Our enterprise has multiple business units, each with its own IT department. The delivery of cloud services in such an organization requires coordination among the departments and it usually takes us weeks to deliver a service. Can IBM Cloud Orchestrator help us speed this up?

You can now easily automate, deploy and configure a complex middleware cluster in a few minutes using the rich IBM Cloud Orchestrator automation platform.

You can easily integrate with system management tooling, such as backup, monitoring, and network and storage management, thus providing full lifecycle management of cloud services.

You can also easily extend this automation platform by tapping into ready-to-use application patterns and automation packs that can be downloaded from the IBM cloud marketplace.

Our organization is continuously under pressure. We can barely meet our schedules for delivery of services that our users need. We also need to react continuously to our business needs, making meeting our schedules even harder. Can IBM Cloud Orchestrator help us with these challenges?

The self-service delivery model of IBM Cloud Orchestrator and its service design tooling helps you easily standardize implementation of your services and enables you to speed up the entire process of service delivery.

Through an easy-to-configure, self-service catalog, it provides a ready-to-use, web-based service catalog that users can easily access and use to submit their requests. Users can easily monitor requests to completion and access the delivered resources.

IBM Cloud Orchestrator provides a wide range of toolkits and integration points (such as ticketing and systems management) that allow you to build services in a matter of minutes.

Never have IT departments been under such pressure to deliver service faster, keep up to speed with technology evolution while at the same time reducing their costs. IBM Cloud Orchestrator is the solution to achieve these conflicting goals, and enables you to pump a breath of fresh air into your IT department

Visit IBM Cloud Orchestrator to learn more.

Follow Manish Aggarwal on Twitter @manish3801

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