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Distributed Cloud: Deploy and run your workloads anywhere with IBM Cloud Satellite

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Overcome latency and performance challenges while ensuring you adhere to data residency and compliance requirements. Utilize a secure distributed cloud to provide consistency across environments and manage it centrally from a single pane of glass.  

The popularity of the Public Cloud keeps growing and have been increasing for over a decade, as companies seek the many benefits of having multiple cloud environments. But with great benefits come challenges. Research states that 70% of enterprise workloads remain on-premises, and we know that organizations are facing challenges with moving to the cloud, which implies that solutions need to be found.

With this blog post, I will share some of the common challenges that businesses face when considering moving to the cloud. Here I will explain how you can overcome these challenges by utilizing a distributed cloud to either further embark or continue the modernization- and innovation journeys.   

Breaking down the barriers

When organizations keep increasing to multiple environments, they run on-premises, on edge, and several public clouds. In this case, they must overcome inconsistency, complexity, and sometimes a shortage of skills and the time required to operate and secure platforms. When you build and deploy an application in hybrid and multi-cloud setups, it can in some cases cause a range of challenges, including:

  • impact of performance,
  • latency issues,
  • local data residency laws,
  • lack of agility due to sprawling,
  • lack of transparency of environment due to the vast spread. 

Ultimately, these challenges can end up costing millions for organizations.

Luckily, the new innovative tech comes to the rescue, and the latest work on the distributed cloud seems very promising in addressing these challenges. Earlier this year, we, at IBM, launched our distributed cloud: IBM Cloud Satellite. Let me walk you through this.

IBM Cloud Satellite 

With IBM Cloud Satellite, your team now has the flexibility to deploy and run workloads anywhere. It can be on-premises, in your existing data centres, on multiple public clouds around the world, or edge locations – closer to the applications and data sources that they need to process. Regardless of the selected locations, IBM Cloud Satellite provides a consistent, on-demand, fully managed portfolio of IBM Cloud services, which connect the chosen locations to the IBM Cloud Satellite control plane. It allows the team to use both their usual development pipeline and add new targets adding modernization and innovation to development while keeping your data locally adhering to local regulations.

In the lightboard video below, I have created a short intro to what IBM Cloud Satellite is and exemplify how it all works (for an English version, I have shared some links at the end of the blogpost). 

IBM Cloud Satellite provides a needed solution to address the challenges mentioned earlier in the blog post. It enables you to run workloads where it makes sense in an easy and simplified way that manages your environment through a single pane of glass. Also, it improves audibility and accountability because data remains local, adhering to your security and compliance regulations. Further, it allows you to improve agility and push your innovation- and modernization agenda by provisioning cloud services exactly where you need them through your IBM Cloud Satellite location.

Essentially, it allows you to fully utilize the capabilities of Cloud Services with the click of a button while protecting your data on-premises. The result is better security, build-in developer services, and visibility across clouds, on-premises, and/or at the edge, which ultimately allows you to adapt to new market trends.

Learn more and get started today

In the coming years, we will see more focus on the distributed cloud, so if you are interested to get a head start and deeper dive into the technology, I encourage you to have a look at the links I have shared below: 

  • Read more about the IBM Cloud Satellite service here
  • Get started using IBM Cloud Satellite here
  • Learn how Medical Center Mainz successfully is using IBM Cloud Satellite to Digitize Its Clinical Processes here
  • Edge, shared cloud, Cloud Satellite – what’s it all about. Read more here.
  • Reach out to me: rune.rehardt.knudsen@ibm.com

Cloud Strategy Consultant - Cloud Advisor

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