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Three driving forces to deliver apps in your hybrid cloud

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Not all organizations are the same. Therefore not all IT choices will be the same.

IT teams need options to deploy new cloud-native applications and existing enterprise applications and middleware across off-premises clouds and/or on-premises private clouds. Many companies are pushing the envelope to deliver new apps in the cloud, whereas industries such as government and healthcare want control and governance on-premises. Each company’s needs are different and multifaceted, as are the forces compelling them to act.

The three driving forces behind where and how you deliver your apps are time, resources and cost model. You can no longer afford to wait weeks or months to configure and provision development, test or production environments. You can no longer rely on massive teams to manually set up and manage each application environment. And as you move forward with your own cloud strategy, you may want solutions that allow seamless portability of apps across your evolving hybrid cloud landscape.

This is where a hybrid cloud application platform can help you. It gives you the options, control and agility you want at any stage of your cloud evolution.

We have been helping clients to deliver their apps faster with fewer resources across their hybrid cloud landscapes for years. More than just off-premises cloud infrastructure and more than just an on-premises appliance, IBM PureApplication simplifies, automates and accelerates application environment delivery. It has helped clients change their thinking process from months to minutes.

The power behind IBM’s hybrid cloud platform is a consistent experience off premises and on premises. Built-in policies provide security, resiliency, automated scaling and workload management, and open technologies such as Chef, Heat, Puppet, Docker and OpenStack are supported. Pre-built, customizable patterns from IBM and business partners capture the application image and its environment into a container that provides push-button simplicity when deployed repeatedly across your hybrid cloud. This simplicity and automation has helped clients cut six-week provisioning windows to just minutes and virtually eliminate human error.

You have options on where you can run this powerful solution:

  • In your private cloud as a pre-built, pre-integrated system:
    • IBM Bluemix Local System (on Intel x86)
    • IBM PureApplication System (on POWER8)
  • In your private cloud as software on your hardware infrastructure:
    • IBM PureApplication Software on your own Intel or Power hardware
  • In the cloud:
    • IBM PureApplication Service on SoftLayer, at IBM cloud data centers worldwide

On-premises pre-integrated system

Many organizations want to run cloud-native apps behind their firewall for regulatory, security or privacy reasons. They also have web application servers, portal and commerce apps, process management and complex middleware where they need performance, scalability and resilience for these mission-critical apps. Now they can run both cloud-native and cloud-enabled apps in one solution – the IBM Bluemix Local System. To learn more, watch this video:

On-premises software on your hardware

And for those that want to use their own servers, storage, networking and virtualization, PureApplication Software installs on your infrastructure to provide the application platform environment you need on premises.

On the cloud

For companies that want to run applications in the cloud, PureApplication Service provides application lifecycle management software that runs on a dedicated cloud and is managed off premises on the IBM SoftLayer cloud infrastructure. For organizations looking to get started in the cloud, perform dev/tests in the cloud and then deploy on premises or cloud-enable enterprise apps, this is an attractive option.

The right hybrid cloud app platform helps you with both the ‘where’ and the ‘how’ of deploying apps quickly and reliably across your hybrid cloud.

Want to learn more about each PureApplication deployment option? Visit here and join the conversation by tweeting #PureApp.

Manager - IBM Application Delivery, IBM Cloud

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