Why is IBM consolidating our application modernization efforts into a single offering?

  • You asked for a single, complete solution with all the necessary tooling to modernize and migrate your applications, while you build new cloud-native apps and run them all at once, with no downtime.
  • IBM is offering you more flexible entitlements that ensure you have sufficient entitlements before, during and after migration.
  • You said you needed a simple and consistent metric for billing and payments, based on the resources available to the platform.
  • You asked for a way to trade up that makes the most of your existing expenditures.
  • Developers asked for access to the latest tools, runtimes and DevOps processes, while operations teams need control and visibility across the entire application estate. You want to make sure that everything is supported with enterprise-grade security.

IBM Cloud Pak™ for Applications meets your need for a secure, end-to-end, self-service development and modernization solution. IBM Cloud Pak for Applications combines the agility of newer models of application development and microservices with the capabilities of your existing middleware, databases and processes. By leveraging Red Hat® OpenShift®, IBM Cloud Pak for Applications provides a hybrid, multicloud foundation built on open standards, freeing workloads and data to run anywhere.

Why should I consider using IBM Cloud Pak for Applications?

To modernize applications and workloads, you must overcome technology and data silos reinforced by vendor lock-in and skills gaps. IBM Cloud Pak for Applications leverages Red Hat OpenShift for the right hybrid, multicloud foundation built on open standards, giving you the tools to accelerate innovation, while leveraging existing investments.

Select the best architecture and approach to address the most critical application, data and workload requirements for your business. IBM Cloud Pak for Applications is based on open technologies, such as Linux and Kubernetes, that allow you to securely modernize, build, deploy and run your core business applications in a faster, more secure way — on the cloud of your choice.

If you want to modernize traditional applications, IBM Cloud Pak for Applications is packaged with modernization tools that make it easier to estimate time and costs associated with modernization, and to automate modernization of less complex applications. Flexible licensing helps enable you to rebalance entitlements at any time, in any combination. Continue to run existing applications, while you modernize according to a timeline that works for your business.

If you want to build new cloud-native applications, IBM Cloud Pak for Applications helps enable developers to rapidly bootstrap projects and deliver value in record time. Get started building new applications on proven software stacks preconfigured to work with the integrated logging and monitoring services and that support high availability and scalability of the application, in addition to DevOps processes for continuous integration and delivery.

Which products are included within IBM Cloud Pak for Applications?

IBM Cloud Pak for Applications runs on Red Hat OpenShift. Currently, IBM Cloud Pak for Applications includes IBM Application Navigator, IBM WebSphere® Application Server, IBM Cloud™ Transformation Advisor, IBM WebSphere Liberty, IBM WebSphere Network Deployment, IBM Mobile Foundation, Kabanero Enterprise, Node.js, Open Liberty and Spring. IBM UrbanCode® Deploy and UrbanCode Velocity are DevOps solutions available to add on to IBM Cloud Pak for Applications.

IBM Cloud Pak for Applications provides flexible entitlement, so you can rebalance entitlements at any time, in any combination. To track software deployment and usage, you can continue to use your existing product-usage tracking tools, such as the IBM License Metric Tool.

Which product versions are included in IBM Cloud Pak for Applications?

If you have entitlements to IBM Cloud Pak for Applications, you can deploy all active versions of in-scope products, provided you have the necessary virtual processor cores (VPCs).

Why is the DevOps add-on essential for application modernization?

The DevOps add-on (UrbanCode Deploy and UrbanCode Velocity) extends DevOps capabilities in IBM Cloud Pak for Applications. It enables the orchestration of multiple development teams and the deployment of modern applications across cloud-native containers, traditional environments and middleware, including distributed, z/OS, WebSphere and Jboss.

Not sure where to start?

Try IBM Cloud Transformation Advisor. It catalogues your apps, records where they’re used, and provides an estimate for how complex modernization will be.