The yin and yang of cloud computing and traditional IT

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Why should we have to choose between using traditional IT or the cloud? There is no doubt that mainframes are necessary for large, mission-critical applications. But the cloud provides the flexibility and agility that we need to dominate our competition. Why can’t we have both?

Cloud is to yin as traditional IT is to yang

With its origins in Chinese philosophy, “yin” and “yang” describe how things that look like opposites are actually complementary and connected. While it may seem like the “dark” clouds (yin) are disrupting the traditional, “bright” (yang) infrastructure, the agility of cloud could complement the stability of mainframes. So there may actually be a considerable silver lining.


What prevents a harmonious union? Cloud is delivered as a service and priced on-demand, but traditional IT is procured with purchase orders and paid for up front. In addition, cloud is ideal for development and test environments, while traditional IT may be better for production environments.

With all these differences, how do we bring cloud and traditional IT together? The answer is brokerage platforms.

Brokerage operationalizes yin and yang in a seamless manner

A brokerage platform is a generic marketplace for all cloud and traditional IT to be procured as a service. Under the covers lies a patented electronic services catalog that works across all cloud and traditional IT services. This simple concept, combined with cognitive analytics, opens up a plethora of opportunities:

  1. Screen a workload to determine if it fits better in cloud or traditional IT
  2. Compare the cost of an application running on the cloud or with traditional IT
  3. Design an application architecture that spans across cloud and traditional IT
  4. Procure the entire cloud plus traditional-IT infrastructure at the click of a button
  5. Monitor the cost, performance, and utilization of the cloud and traditional IT from a single command and control center


Achieve “enterprise tao”

The bottom line: there are many cloud management tools out there, but most of them focus only on the cloud. Those of us that run applications for the industries that include national intelligence, financial market exchanges and global airlines need to be able to run large mainframes at the same time. And we don’t like to have to choose one or the other.

With brokerage platforms, we are able to achieve “enterprise tao” by balancing the yin of cloud with the yang of traditional IT.

Discover how IBM Cloud Brokerage can help you manage the yin and yang here.

Distinguished Engineer - IT Supply Chain, Cloud Broker Analytics GTS, Infrastructure Services

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