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Enterprise-class systems embrace the 3rd Platform of Compute

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Not long ago, IDC proclaimed a new era in IT: the 3rd Platform of Compute. It involves the rise of cloud as the deployment model, big data as the new currency, mobile as the preferred engagement system and social media as the digital reflection of every aspect of our culture. Since then, change has been rapid and dramatic. Various drivers have given an extra spin to the revolution: an example is open source software with application programming interfaces (APIs), DevOps, agile development, cognitive technologies and the Internet of Things. At IDC, we call these “innovation accelerators.”

Meanwhile, the big enterprise-class systems in businesses around the world have been faithfully processing the trillions of transactions per day that the world economy depends on. Enterprise-class shops have stringent service level agreements (SLAs) and their IT teams know that the business depends on resilient systems. But make no mistake, the manufacturers of enterprise-class systems have not let the 3rd Platform take off while remaining idle. Most notably, IBM Power Systems is driving digital transformation through the enterprise-class systems end of the data center equation with tremendous amounts of innovation.

The result has been a radical reshaping and opening up of enterprise-class systems as potent engines for change in a multitude of ways:

  • Modernization and compatibility: Enterprise-class systems are losing their proprietary features and running Linux as well as today’s open source applications and development languages.
  • Open choice: They enable open source databases to manage unstructured data (of which there will be more than structured data) and scale very fast.
  • Superior memory: They offer in-memory capabilities, which is the way databases are developing.
  • Hybrid cloud: They are fully hybrid cloud enabled, which IDC has found is the preferred cloud model in enterprises.
  • Simple deployment: They can operate as self-service clouds for provisioning new workloads and are using pay-per-use models.
  • Enhanced customer experience: They enable client-facing applications to leverage the core business data using public APIs.
  • Decreased costs: They can provide cost savings through consolidation and analytical opportunities through co-location of systems of record and engagement.
  • Industry-leading performance: They have the processing power to run cognitive applications, which many enterprise-class applications will be imbued with over the next several years.

Today, with digital transformation making headlines, IT has gained substantial experience with the 3rd Platform cloud technologies and accelerators on enterprise-class systems. Many organizations are running DevOps-driven infrastructure with hybrid cloud components that enable next generation app developers to develop rapidly scaling applications using modern open source frameworks and development languages.

These modern applications have become key drivers of competitive advantage. As their importance grows, their ability to reach into the inner depths of an organization’s core data, which resides on enterprise-class hardware, becomes absolutely critical. Intelligently leveraging that data for customer-facing apps can be transformative, even disruptive, in a given market.

Enterprise-class systems can serve as vehicles for your journey to the cloud while continuing their role as the trusted engines of the enterprise. For IT leaders, it is important for you to remain up to date on the newest generations of these systems. Because, folks, these are not your grandfather’s enterprise-class systems.

Read the IDC white paper to learn how you can transform your business with IBM POWER8-based systems.

Research Manager, Server Solutions, IDC

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