Digital transformation offers exceptional opportunities for enterprise organizations to become more insights-driven, build stronger relationships with customers and achieve competitive differentiation. In pursuit of digital transformation, many organizations are looking to the hybrid cloud with the promise of greater agility, abundant capacity, and little-to-no up-front investment.
But with hybrid cloud, organizations face increasingly complex data management challenges such as rapid data growth, rising operational costs, and the need to infuse AI into operations, applications, and transactions. All this with growing regulatory requirements and the need to reduce security exposures wherever and however the data is stored.
As organizations embrace hybrid cloud, they are also recognizing the value of a data fabric. This data management architecture approach can help optimize access to data and intelligently curate and orchestrate it for self-service delivery to data consumers. A data fabric can help provide faster, trusted AI outcomes by connecting the right data, at the right time, to the right people, from anywhere it’s needed.
96% of mainframe surveyed organizations are considering a data fabric architectural approach to address data integration, yet...
67% find processing some of their information in the cloud can delay availability1
The concept of gravityis a key tenet of a data fabric, helping to bring compute to where the data originates or is stored. This approach helps ensure that data is readily accessible and current for applications, analytics, AI, and business process automation. Leveraging data gravity as part of a data fabric can help organizations minimize cost and infrastructure complexity, improve security and data governance, and ultimately help drive better decisions based on real-time insights.
Many of the core systems that you rely on for your existing transactional environment have been built and highly customized over decades to accommodate your differentiating business processes. They have been optimized to reduce cost and execute transactions within very tight service level agreements (SLAs), at times within a few milliseconds or even micro-seconds. Those transactional systems are being adapted to support hybrid cloud approaches in support of digital transformation efforts.
According to a Deloitte study on hybrid cloud and mainframes, the most compelling applications combine aspects of hybrid cloud and data from systems of record. Deloitte believes that it’s not a question of whether to invest in hybrid cloud, it’s what’s the right balance of a hybrid cloud and mainframe investment to achieve the greatest business outcome.2
Organizations are not willing to discard their differentiating core operational systems, so their on-premises mainframe investments are staying largely in place. They need a clear path to modernize their mission-critical systems for intelligent, efficient data serving and AI.