Every business wants to keep customers coming back. In order to modernize existing apps or adopt entirely new platform for cloud-native apps, more and more organizations are using cloud-based solutions to create personalized and engaging customer experiences. To help businesses achieve their goals, IBM WebSphere Application Server on cloud (WebSphere on cloud) offers easy on-ramps to hybrid cloud to give businesses the tools to create these new, innovative experiences while still managing to harness their existing enterprise applications, data, and services. Here are a five things to know about IBM WebSphere Application Server on cloud:
- Rapidly create microservices, APIs and cloud-native applications
Create next-generation Java applications with microservices and APIs to deliver robust, secure, and omnichannel user experiences. The fast, lightweight, and dynamic nature of IBM WebSphere Liberty makes it easy to create new cloud-native apps in minutes. Liberty’s composable runtime loads only what your application needs and re-establishes the runtime in response to configuration changes. Liberty also boasts quick start-up times and a small footprint making it ideal for Developers. To get a jumpstart creating cloud-native apps, try the new WebSphere Liberty app accelerator, a service hosted on IBM Bluemix which allows developers to utilize Spring and Spring Boot and seamlessly deploy apps locally or in Bluemix.
- Connect existing applications to new technologies and services
Extend the capabilities and value of your existing applications by connecting them to the cloud. With IBM WebSphere Connect capabilities you can unlock value from your existing Java applications by connecting to hundreds of cloud services available in IBM Bluemix, such as IBM Watson, IBM Cloudant and IBM dashDB. For example, developers could combine an order management application and an IBM Watson™ service that analyzes order data and provides insights into customer preferences to support more informed decision making.
- Optimize infrastructure for availability, flexibility, and security
Deploy on-premises Java applications where they best serve your business needs. WebSphere on cloud provides you with the flexibility to take full advantage of your application portfolio. Your organization can move in any direction relative to the platform you have, whether you want to maintain an on-premises strategy, move completely to cloud, or move to a hybrid design, and retain compatibility with your current infrastructure.
You can accelerate your digital transformation by incorporating new starting points, rules of engagement, best practices, and tools into your development plans. For IT managers, this approach extends the value of cloud even further by making the deployment of WebSphere Application Server components quick, easy, and seamless, while significantly reducing labor and management hours.
- Deploy anywhere, across any environment
The latest release of WebSphere, WebSphereV9, is designed for a multi-cloud environment with easy application portability, so you decide what’s best for your business regardless of your architectural environment. You can seamlessly move apps with any cloud container service like IBM Bluemix, Docker, or any cloud container service. You can move VM workloads to IBM Cloud by using blueprints and WebSphere templates, or, choose from a selection of pre-configured environments and move your apps to IBM Cloud in minutes.
- Reduce costs by 30% or more and achieve a 122% greater ROI*
By moving on-premises applications to WebSphere on cloud, you can reduce costs by taking advantage of flexible “pay-as-you-go” pricing models to save up to 30% or more on capital expenditures for hardware and software. Not only do you save more, but you get your products or services to market faster, driving faster returns and profits.
*Compared to open source software
To learn more about how IBM WebSphere on cloud can help you reduce costs, provide the best customer experience, and accelerate your digital transformation view the IBM Redbooks Redguide, “Reduce Costs and Speed Your Digital Transformation with IBM WebSphere Application Server on Cloud”, (Registration required) REDP-5360-00.
Andy Dominguez is a Senior Content Marketing Strategist with the IBM Cloud team in Austin, Texas.