March 13, 2017 | Written by: David H. Deans
Categorized: Hybrid cloud | Mainframes
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The business world is changing. Disruptive shifts in global commerce are forcing everyone to question the status quo. Chief executives are tasking IT organizations with helping to create compelling customer experiences, support new business models and adopt agile processes that deliver impactful results.
Savvy CEOs know that business technology is a factor that’s likely to dramatically impact their organization’s future prosperity. For these informed leaders, technology isn’t merely the infrastructure needed to implement a game plan. It’s what makes entirely new disruptive strategies possible.
Most executives already believe that cloud services can help by empowering them to achieve their bold goals, but beyond that, there’s a distinct cloud agenda for software development teams to accomplish. Achieving that agenda is made possible with a high-performance, high-capacity platform that delivers a strategic competitive advantage. By integrating cloud services with a strong platform, it creates, by design, a catalyst for innovation.
Innovation: New challenges, new opportunities
Today, most CIOs must manage existing IT infrastructure while supporting new demands for the flexible systems that can enable digital transformation. Therefore, many leading organizations are now blending traditional on-premises and cloud-based solutions to achieve their bold IT goals.
They’re adopting open source projects, wherever it makes sense. What’s more, they’re using a hybrid cloud approach to springboard to next-generation DevOps methods that allow them to launch new offerings and capture new markets.
Often, the private cloud versus public cloud question is not viewed as an either/or decision. Informed organizations are frequently opting to utilize both platforms — in what’s typically called an open cloud services environment.
If you’re the primary decision maker or a key influencer of cloud strategy in your enterprise, how do you choose the deployment path that’s right for your set of IT needs and wants? If you’re like many of our clients, you start by looking for proven ways to maximize your current investment in compute and storage assets.
In some cases, the modernization of those systems is the most expedient and most cost-effective path to progress. Even after extensive research of all the possible new alternatives, often you’ll discover that a system refresh will deliver amazing results.
Hybrid cloud: Path to the future
Hybrid cloud computing can dramatically increase your ability to create, deploy and integrate new digital services quickly — allowing your organization to keep pace with a shifting economic landscape and an increasingly competitive marketplace.
A hybrid cloud allows access to data, applications and services where they can be optimally placed, whether on a public cloud, private cloud or within on-premises systems in a data center.
A hybrid cloud approach typically encompasses a wide range of choices including service providers, delivery configurations and billing models. It’s designed with the flexibility to change and integrate new environments and associated services as needed.
Once implemented, a hybrid cloud offers many benefits, including the ability to compose, orchestrate and manage diverse workloads across IT resources, thereby exploiting the portability of stored data assets and enterprise software applications.
In the next part of this editorial series, I’ll explain how today’s modern mainframe platforms offer compelling benefits that are unique to these powerful computing servers. Meanwhile, I invite you to learn more now, and discover the possibilities.
IBM z Systems deliver high availability and superior performance with the best protection, lowest security risk and most complete and integrated architectural and development lifecycles for the best possible hybrid cloud solution and the fastest path to business value.
Read part two of this series here and part three here.