IBM Z enhances the journey to cloud

By | 3 minute read | May 20, 2019

In today’s fast-paced world, forward-thinking enterprises constantly seek to innovate while continuing to delight their customers. Cloud–public, private and hybrid–underpins how these enterprises are innovating while also introducing new challenges.

The world is not getting any simpler. It’s not moving to fewer clouds. It’s not moving to fewer options. Hybrid multicloud is the new standard. But how do you connect all these clouds and get the most value? How do you provide consistency and control? From our perspective there’s no better platform than IBM Z® for delivering on the intersection of mission critical and innovation in the reality of a hybrid multicloud world.

Recently we announced enhancements to IBM Z capabilities with these questions in mind–to help our clients on this journey to hybrid cloud.

Clients tell us the #1 challenge is cloud integration. How can you enable, at every layer in the stack, the right cloud integration model for you? Whether you take an operations perspective, or a developer perspective–connecting applications, or data–we have the right solutions for you so you’re not starting from scratch:

Calling all developers: IBM z/OS® Connect Enterprise Edition enables you to empower a wide community of developers with a simple and intuitive way to consume data and services hosted on IBM Z. It provides a single, common way to unleash your existing market-differentiating assets with RESTful APIs. It’s hardened, it’s proven, it does the job.

Keep your apps humming: IBM Z Application Performance Management Connect allows you to integrate the IBM Z platform with market-leading APM solutions such as AppDynamics®, and view your applications as part of an end-to-end flow.

Improve your customer experience: IBM Z Operational Analytics  and IBM Z Decision Support for Capacity Planning empower you to curate mainframe data and send it to strategic enterprise analytics platforms, such as Splunk or Elastic Stack. This helps you to get further insight into platform performance and gain predictive insights about potential outages and future operational needs.

Automate your ops: IBM Workload Scheduler for z/OS schedules workloads across z/OS, distributed and cloud platforms, including Amazon EC2, IBM SoftLayer®, and Microsoft Azure. IBM System Automation for z/OS drives automation across hybrid applications spanning z/OS and distributed platforms.

The #2 issue we hear is how to empower any developer to work on IBM Z with no special tools required. If that sounds familiar, check out some of our latest enhancements for a cloud-native experience embracing open source tools:

Make it super easy to start: Check out Zowe–the collaborative open source initiative with Rocket and Broadcom where together we lay the foundation for a new experience for interacting with the cloud.

Streamline your dev test pipeline: IBM Z Open Development along with IBM Z Open Unit Test makes the integration of open source software like GIT a reality for the Z platform. It also drives developer-centric lightweight test automation that is key to ensuring the platform is integral to an enterprise wide CI/CD pipeline.

Improve discoverability and access: IBM Cloud Private on Z allows you to run cloud-native applications on the platform.  And with IBM z/OS Cloud Broker, you can implement  a standard set of APIs  that bridge the world of cloud -inundated containerized workloads with traditional workloads that haven’t been containerized. Now they can all be discovered, managed in one dashboard, and surfaced to your users around the globe.

Work with containers: IBM  z/OS Container Extensions enables you to deploy Linux on IBM Z Docker images into z/OS so that you can inherit the benefits of, and the motion of, managing z/OS workloads. This also enables you to move those workloads with flexibility and at scale.

These capabilities provide the agility, availability and control you need for cloud deployments. Combined with the mission critical attributes of scalability, security and performance you expect from IBM Z, you are ready for your hybrid cloud journey, and beyond.

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