Bluemix Local System can help banks ease operational pressures and boost innovation

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The banking sector is facing some tough challenges.

New entrants into the sector are quickly gaining customers through innovative services and because of increasingly stringent regulations. The urge for greater operational agility in response to new business models and rapidly evolving customer preferences is made even stronger by the market’s disruptor/disrupted scenario.

Many banks’ lack of agility in aligning IT operations with business imperatives is particularly needless when cloud capabilities promise consistent advantages.

Choice with consistency and hybrid integration are two principles of the IBM Cloud platform. These ideas underline the strong focus of IBM on the hybrid cloud.

Many companies, especially banks, have their cloud strategy still largely articulated around the virtualization phase of the cloud journey. Meanwhile, they’re lagging behind in other areas, such as orchestration and automation in the deployment and management of application environments. This is where IBM Bluemix Local System can play a pivotal role in streamlining the overall governance of the application life cycle while reducing risks and guaranteeing the support of open technologies.

The Bluemix Local System is the evolution of the IBM PureApplication System. As such, it uses the concept of application patterns: they are pre-defined templates of application environments, providing the operating system support, scripting tools and orchestration capabilities needed to fully automate the deployment and management of those environments, no matter how complex.

The adoption of patterns enables a significant acceleration in the life cycle of middleware and applications by automating low-level, trivial tasks. Thus, high-value resources can focus predominantly on building and enhancing applications.

Since the beginning, PureApplication and its patterns have had high affinity with the applications in the industrialized core of organizations, where availability, stability and cost optimization matter most. Whenever a pattern is available (off-the-shelf or built ad-hoc) for such applications, the result is acceleration of their cloudification.

With such capabilities, PureApplication has proven to be the ideal platform for these cloud-enabled applications, as many clients have learned.

The story goes further with the coming of Bluemix Local System. As the name indicates, this new system can host an instance of Bluemix local, reaching the other end of the application realm: the innovation edge. Here, the main focus is on speed and agility to build new apps with the objective to engage more deeply with existing and new clients.

In this arena, traditional, big banks must confront newcomers. These are mainly start-ups with a high propensity to build applications directly on the cloud, thereby taking advantage of all the services offered in it. On IBM Bluemix, they can make use of unique capabilities in the catalogue of services, in areas including cognitive (Watson), analytics, and Internet of Things (IoT) to build applications.

Bluemix Local System is the ideal platform for the coexistence of cloud-enabled and cloud-native applications.

Bluemix Local System

Using this architecture, banks can run their industrialized core on patterns, achieving an agility posture. They can build new apps for their innovation edge with the Bluemix runtime and services. The ultimate goal is not just a coexistence, but rather, a fully symbiotic experience.

The hybrid character of this architecture is augmented because both sides can expand in the public or dedicated cloud (Bluemix public and dedicated, PureApplication Service).

There are a number of pacesetters in the banking industry that are competing with the disruptors because they have evolved. They’ve done so by unleashing the full integration of cloud-native and cloud-enabled applications using Bluemix Local System.

Learn more about Bluemix Local System and patterns.

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