Archive

The yin and yang of cloud computing and traditional IT

Share this post:

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.

yin-and-yang-10.5-mb

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

yin-yang-approved-graphic

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

More Archive stories

IBM and Cisco: Collaborating to bring hybrid cloud to today’s modern enterprise

We hear from enterprises today that they want an open, faster, more reliable way to modernize and move to the cloud in order to transform their IT and gain real business benefits such as agility, faster market responsiveness and more rapid innovation. To do this, they need to be able to quickly build, test and […]

Continue reading

What’s new in automation software deployment?

Digital business automation software can help companies scale operations, improve customer experiences and control costs. Most business and IT leaders have moved on from understanding the business value of automation to how best to implement it. Part of implementation success is choosing the right deployment environment. The following three options fit different business needs: On […]

Continue reading

What are IBM Cloud Paks?

It’s been more than a decade since commercial cloud first transformed business, but even now only about 20 percent of workloads have moved to the cloud. Why? Factors such as skills gaps, integration issues, difficulties with established codes and vendor lock-in may be preventing most teams from fully modernizing their IT operations. Business leaders have […]

Continue reading