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Forget about the debate on the public versus the private cloud, that is an outdated discussion. Most organizations opt for the optimal middle way: a combination of proprietary systems and IT that runs in public environments. In addition, companies use a multitude of cloud services. Complicated and difficult to manage? Not with the right tools and the right partner.
Cloud computing is indispensable. Large companies, governments, startups all make use of it to a greater or lesser extent – both to purchase and deliver services. In many cases this has developed organically over the years. A natural evolution that will not stop for the time being. But in the meantime, organizations do have a growing need for a more strategic approach. In addition, their own on premises infrastructure must connect to the part of IT that runs in the public cloud. As IBM, based on our products and services portfolio, we are able to bring these worlds together like no other.
A crucial aspect of this market approach is the fact that every solution on premises has a ‘connected’ variant, which can be linked to the public cloud. This makes systems and solutions within the existing environment just as flexible, responsive and scalable as IT in the cloud. In the current dynamics every organization must be able to quickly respond to customer needs, demands from the business and increasing competition. Everything based on an open architecture and open standards, that brings together the various parts of the landscape in one single environment. Regardless of the number of clouds being used. Control, security and manageability are therefore guaranteed.
This approach is in line with what we want to be as IBM: the enterprise supplier that we have been in for more than a hundred years. We have always provided our customers with exactly the products and services to be able to create value for themselves and their customers. We used to do that long time ago with large machines and mainframes, and now we do that when companies want to make a difference with cognitive computing, blockchain or IoT. Everything delivered from the public or private cloud.
Despite the blessings of the public cloud, as we said, we continue to believe in the added value of a private cloud environment. This has to a large extent to do with the fact that one fifth of all data concerns personal (customer) data. Private clouds are needed to use this data in a safe and adequate way, in the interest of both the company and the end customer. Full control over the data – both in terms of access, use and location in European data centers – is crucial.
If desired, a link can be made with the public cloud domain, for example for cognitive capabilities and artificial intelligence. Applications that from a cost perspective tend to be less obvious to in-house solutions. Thanks to the hybrid multi-cloud, the enormous potential of data can be fully exploited. Cloud computing is thus a driving force behind innovation, value creation and a better work and user experience for everyone.
The enterprise cloud era has officially begun!
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