Does moving to the cloud really pay off?

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There’s no doubt the cloud has drastically changed the game for businesses and consumers alike. Cloud has the power to drive business innovation, create more customer-friendly applications and experiences, transform business operations and reduce costs. And that’s only a select few of its superpowers. So, the question for businesses isn’t “why move to the cloud,” it’s “how do I get there?” and “will cloud really pay off?”

The answer to both of these questions can be found with IBM WebSphere on cloud.

How do I get to the cloud?

IBM WebSphere on cloud provides many on-ramps to a successful cloud strategy. First, IBM WebSphere on cloud enables you to move your existing Java applications to the cloud unchanged. Better yet, IBM has done the heavy lifting for you by providing everything you need to get going: platform management, a pre-configured operating system, middleware and runtime for IBM WebSphere Application Server. This allows you to move your applications to the cloud in minutes so you can immediately start taking advantage of flexible, pay-as-you-go pricing models to cut costs.

But what if you have existing on-premises Java applications? With IBM WebSphere Connect capabilities, you can seamlessly connect them to the cloud. Now you can call up hundreds of IBM Bluemix cloud services, including IBM Watson, IBM Cloudant and IBM DashDB to optimize old applications and give them new capabilities. Not only does this allow you to extend the value of your WebSphere investments, but it also accelerates your development time and lowers cost.

Once you make the move to the cloud, IBM WebSphere on cloud can help you create new applications and APIs for mobile, Internet of Things and the web. You can get the most value out of your existing WebSphere investments by reusing and refactoring your Java application components into microservices and meet new business needs. WebSphere Liberty’s lightweight, composable architecture paired with Java EE7 creates an ideal microservices environment.

But will cloud really pay off?

Yes, in many more ways than one. But don’t just take my word for it. Calculate your own cloud savings with our new calculator tool. It can help you quickly and easily determine the cost of your current on-premises environment and project the potential savings your company would realize if you moved your workload to the cloud.

By answering three easy questions to identify hardware, software and personnel costs, the tool will calculate the total cost of ownership (TCO) you can expect by moving your applications to a cloud-based environment.

This short video below which demonstrates just how easy it is to start crunching your own numbers:

Interested in learning more? See for yourself how to get to the cloud, and if IBM WebSphere on cloud will really pay off by clicking here.

Senior Product Manager, IBM

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