26 September, 2019 | Written by: Tom Naxton
Categorized: IBM Events UK - Blog
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Modern enterprises continue to reinvent themselves for the digital world. A fundamental requirement is to quickly modernise key applications and run them across any type of IT infrastructure. This could be in the company data centre or private cloud for their most sensitive data and critical workloads; or the public cloud where they get scale and access to a myriad of cloud-based services. Companies are seeing the value in creating hybrid cloud architectures to ensure the best result by leveraging these different approaches.
Whilst almost all companies use cloud in some way, only 20% of workloads have been moved to date. The next 80 percent, the difficult, business critical applications, are yet to move but are key to unlocking real business value and drive growth.
A hybrid cloud approach allows organisations to bring traditional and cloud IT environments together. Unified management across on-prem, cloud and differing container platforms is more important than ever, so why create systems and processes to allow that when you can achieve it out-of-the-box with IBM offerings.
The focus of any Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) should be to help companies choose the right environment to run their mission critical workloads, be it on-prem or in the cloud, and provide suitable solutions to compliment the nuances of your application estate. Whether you are migrating legacy applications to the cloud and adopting a microservices methodology, incorporating machine learning and AI to allow you to gain greater insight into new or existing data or have specific regulatory and security requirements, we believe the IBM is the partner to support your hybrid cloud journey in the easiest and most efficient way possible regardless of where the workloads are deployed.
Build Once, Deploy Anywhere
IBM Think Summit London returns to the capital on 16th October. With a sharp focus on hybrid cloud you’ll be able to discover why thousands of enterprises across 20 industries trust IBM as their CSP, for their most valuable asset; Data.
The Cloud and Infrastructure Campus at Think Summit London is a space to explore and learn to accelerate your cloud journey. So whether you’re catching some of the TED-style talks, checking out the new ways of working the IBM Garage has to offer, viewing demo’s delivered by IBM experts across cloud and infrastructure, testing your racing skills on our playseats for a chance to win a factory tour at Aston Martin Red Bull Racing or networking with like-minded tech professionals, the campus has so much to offer:
- Discover the next generation hybrid multicloud platform that lets you build once, and deploy anywhere, to best address your unique application, data and workload requirements.
- Explore open standards-based container and Kubernetes technology to run workloads on the right cloud infrastructure from any vendor, on or off premises.
- Step into modernised systems with IBM Infrastructure, purpose-built to provide the performance, agility, and security that IT leaders can count on.
- Understand how the IBM Garage experience helps you move faster, work smarter, ideate more rapidly and fundamentally change the way you work by walking through the design thinking journey of Mueller Inc, Volkswagen and others.
- Hear IBM client’s share what they’ve learnt and the benefits they’ve gained in AI and the importance of cost effective optimised data for successful transformation.
We are also delighted to be joined by numerous IBM Alliance and business partners who will be sharing the additional value they bring to IBM Clients and solutions.
IBM and RedHat – The Cloud is now Open
Following IBMs landmark acquisition of RedHat, it’s never been easier to migrate and manage your applications in the cloud, leveraging the open standards that underpin RedHat technology. You could use RedHat OpenShift on the IBM Cloud, a fully managed, secure, on-demand OpenShift experience, for anything from test and dev to extending your on-prem environment into the cloud, or choose to use IBM Cloud Paks to easily deploy OpenShift along with IBM middleware onto new and existing on-prem infrastructure or into other providers clouds, either way you can rest assured that IBM and RedHat provide the portability, scalability and unified management to make scenarios like this a reality.
IBM Cloud Paks not only compliment RedHat options perfectly but they are an excellent choice for companies at any stage of their cloud journey. IBM Cloud Pak for Applications allows you to modernise and containerise your existing applications and develop innovative cloud-native apps using the tools and runtimes of your choice. You can then look at the Cloud Pak for Integration along with something like API Connect to allow all your previously separate environments to interact with each other as one. Finally, layer Multicloud Management (MCM) on top for improved visibility, governance and automation providing a complete end-to-end solution regardless of where your applications are deployed.
There’ll be plenty of opportunities to see IBM Cloud and IBM Infrastructure in action. For example how IBM are working with Plastic Bank by providing an IBM Blockchain environment, delivered on a private cloud by Cognition Foundry and powered by IBM® LinuxONE™, Plastic Bank is revealing the value of plastic waste, interrupting its flow to the ocean and providing it to corporations for use in new products. Or learn how Oxford Cancer Biomarkers (OCB) collaborated with IBM and Meridian IT to improve standards of care for stage II colon cancer patients. By using PowerAI Vision, OCB developed an object detection model to identify biomarkers within tissue samples that indicate whether chemotherapy is an effective course of action following the removal of tumours. OCB have spared many patients from the life-threatening toxicity of chemotherapy using AI Vision.
On top of that there are demos for IBM Power Systems (now available in the IBM Cloud), Data management and movement using Cloud Object Storage (COS) and how IBM technology is enabling the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre to bring AI to SME’s, making AI more accessible and delivering step changes in the performance and quality of screening of components across multiple industries.
With all of the above and a whole lot more at Think Summit London on 16th October, don’t delay and register for your free pass today at the Think Summit London 2019 website. Think London is your gateway to an open, secure cloud so come along to Olympia and join us in the Cloud and Infrastructure campus.