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Enterprises are driving a golden age of business transformation, with cloud the connective tissue and AI the nerve center of this fundamental economic shift.
In this transformation, many firms are taking a “hybrid” approach, using multiple providers and developing cognitive capabilities to create competitive advantage. Their goals? Rapid deployment, scalability, ease of use and elasticity.
Yet this approach requires rigorous security, compliance, elasticity and performance. Add open source variables such as Kubernetes, Cloud Foundry and Open Stack. It all must be managed well, particularly when it comes to private cloud.
The bottom line is that enterprise users can no longer simply think about an individual cloud service. Instead, they must consider the overall life cycle of computing based on cloud.
Private cloud addresses these challenges and adds its own benefits: increased performance, predictable cost and tighter security.
The foundation of private cloud is a containerized platform. IBM adopted the Kubernetes platform as an open source-based container management system. This approach supports both operations staff and developers. With containerization, developers can treat configuration as code to enable a modern DevOps tool chain.
One company putting this into practice is Hertz. It’s automating the way it builds and deploys applications. As expected from a business with Hertz’s global reach, these applications are highly available, enterprise-scale and slated to get 1.5 billion hits and 30 million updates per day once they go into production.
It’s all being done quickly and securely with the assistance of IBM. Learn more about what Hertz is doing.
Other businesses are also using private cloud to transform themselves:
- An insurer concerned about its speed to the market now has greater efficiency and reduced costs through a containerized approach to application development.
- A payment system operator reduces development time for new digital products from 18 months to three while optimizing operating costs.
- A bank wanting greater agility without circumventing data regulations quickly modernizes its data operations and client programs with a secure, robust, on-premises cloud platform.
What comes up again and again for such firms? They want the speed of public cloud with the control of private cloud.
When I talk to enterprise decision makers, many of them are seeking the same things: extra attention to security, speed and control. They want to build cloud-native applications and modernize existing ones in days or hours, not weeks or months.
That’s the beauty of private cloud: the ability to design, develop, deploy and manage on-premises, containerized cloud applications behind your firewall. Those are the capabilities you need for this new era of business transformation.
Learn more about IBM Cloud Private.