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It’s a multi-cloud world

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Author: Eric Schnatterly, Vice President, Cloud & Cognitive Software, IBM A/NZ

Let’s face it, we live in a multi-cloud world. Cloud adoption has reached a tipping point, where enterprises large and small, are now looking to move beyond the basic consumption of compute and storage as-a-service, to leveraging robust hybrid multi-clouds to power business innovation and growth.

Five or more years ago, organisations were adopting the cloud primarily to off-load less critical workloads in an attempt to streamline the IT infrastructure and to cut costs.

Now the real work begins.

The most innovative companies are using the cloud to move into new industries, transform customer experiences, develop new revenue sources and invent new business models.

IBM is uniquely positioned to deliver Enterprise Cloud in the growing Hybrid, Multi-Cloud environment.

Most companies today are only 20 per cent along their cloud journey, renting compute power to cut costs and improve productivity. The next chapter of the cloud relates to the next 80 per cent of the journey. It’s about modernising and reimagining mission-critical workloads and unlocking the real business value from an enterprises’ data. It requires shifting business applications to the hybrid environments, extracting more data, ensuring utmost security while optimising every part of the business.

For as long as organisations have been using computers for business, IBM has been associated with reliability, availability, scalability and security. As the leading provider in the emerging hybrid, multi-cloud market, IBM has been a top choice for enterprises. Our recent innovations across the IBM portfolio include IBM Cloud Private, the IBM Multi-Cloud Manager, IBM Cloud Garages, IBM Cloud Migration Services, 90,000 Cloud architects, and optimised hardware platforms.

The planned acquisition of Red Hat is another significant step in accelerating the digital transformation journey for our clients.

And today I have some more exciting news to share with you.

Substantial investments in IBM Cloud in Australia

IBM is announcing the go-live of our new ‘Multizone Availability Region’ (MZR) in Australia. MZR represents a significant enhancement and substantial investment from IBM in providing more choices for our customers and a better experience in their journey to the cloud. It allows customers to effectively leverage the inherent architectural benefits that have been built for continuity, consistency and resiliency without driving up costs. What makes IBM unique is:

  1. We support native, hybrid cloud capabilities that provide a seamless journey for customers transitioning from traditional architectures
  2. We offer the industry-leading data science and artificial intelligence capabilities to unlock value from data
  3. We provide mainframe level security at the very core of our cloud, and
  4. We have embraced the best of breed open technologies that operate and scale at enterprise grade.

This announcement further advances our approach to delivering our full stack of public cloud capabilities in a more highly available, redundant, and geographically dispersed manner.

We will bring more consistency of services across Cloud Regions and Availability Zones, ranging from infrastructure services, data services through to serverless computing and AI capabilities. For example, with Multiple Availability Zones, IBM customers can deploy Kubernetes clusters across zones using the IBM Cloud Kubernetes Service.

What the future holds

When organisations fully integrate their cloud initiatives, they can be transformative, transcending organisational, geographic, ecosystem and industry boundaries. Organisations can use the cloud to invent new customer needs, give birth to new markets and even disrupt industry economics. And everyone benefits.

 

 

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