Z on Cloud 9
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There’s a lot of good news for the Z community. We too can reap the benefits of distributed Clouds without ever leaving our favorite Z platforms. We've had virtualization since the beginning of time, so we can also enrich our clouds with the same plus monitoring, change management, security, high availability, and more. Look around and the pieces are already there. Make sure to evaluate the vendors carefully (many can’t even spell "mainframe") and apply the same criteria that you do today to ensure you get the required qualities of service. It may be confusing to pull this together a la carte, so look for Cloud ready solutions and easy ways to get onboard the Cloud train with your Z platform quickly. Ironically, most of the software you need might already have entitlements for z/VM and Linux on System Z with the same interfaces. (Thank you distributed colleagues!) You can now build your roadmap with System Z at the center of your Cloud.
Users have been realizing the value of hosting their Cloud workloads on z/VM and Linux on Z from the software license savings, smaller physical footprint, and greater scaling efficiencies from processors, heterogeneous images, and the reduced energy costs that Z offers. No distributed system can compete with Z in technology or license cost or when compared to the capabilities the Z platform provides when bundled with Cloud Ready Software (which is becoming Smarter all the time!). Common tooling means less operational skill is required, and it expands the influence of the mainframe on the overall corporate Cloud environment. And as we all know, when Cloud workloads need mission critical availability and/or security, the mainframe is the gold standard.