Business today is dynamic and complex, and IT leaders are faced with dynamic, complex challenges. You must balance innovation and speed with flexibility, agility and security — and create IT environments that can adapt to spikier workloads, interdependent applications and more data at the edge to better connect customers, partners and employees. With all these challenges, it's no surprise that according to new research by Forrester Consulting “… only 21% of surveyed IT leaders said they are fully confident in the ability of their organization’s current infrastructure to support growing application workload requirements.”1
As an IT leader, you likely have a mix of clouds — public and private — along with your on-prem IT infrastructure. You also almost certainly have multiple cloud providers, making this a multicloud environment. The full-stack synergy between your mixed multicloud environments and your IT infrastructure — including systems, services and storage — is your hybrid cloud.
An open hybrid cloud environment is built on an open-source architecture. It provides flexibility by working within your IT architecture — no matter what kind of architecture it is. Open allows you to orchestrate multiple cloud properties with your on-prem infrastructure, creating a unified environment optimized for today’s business demands that returns the most value on your investments. Of the nearly 1,300 IT leaders surveyed in 2021 for the Red Hat® report, The State of Enterprise Open Source (link resides outside of ibm.com), “82% are more likely to select a vendor who contributes to the open source community.”2
Open is key to striking the right balance between innovation, security and speed to market.
“ Hybrid cloud infrastructure based on open standards is key to realizing competitive advantage.” 3
The hybrid cloud value proposition is based on the idea that the value from transformation can be unlocked in a series of progressive steps. Choosing a hybrid path allows enterprises to build on their existing investments and get the benefits of cloud incrementally — often starting on prem — rather than waiting for a complete rebuild on public cloud. In addition, an open hybrid cloud approach can unlock value that might currently be constrained by silos which don’t allow processes and data to connect across each silo.
“ Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) ... has signed a multiyear agreement with IBM to accelerate its transformation to an open hybrid cloud environment.”4
The main sources of value in an open hybrid cloud approach come from these five key categories:
A study commissioned by IBM involved more than 30 leading organizations that have implemented different degrees of hybrid multicloud adoption. A key finding was that the greater the share of workloads consistently deployed on a hybrid cloud platform, rather than siloed in a public cloud, the more value was unlocked. According to the IBM Institute for Business Value (IBV), “the value derived from a full hybrid, multicloud platform technology and operating model at scale is 2.5 times the value derived from a single platform, single cloud vendor approach.”5
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The role of hybrid cloud as a source of strategic competitiveness is growing. To gain the most benefit from a complex, hybrid multicloud environment, IBV asserts, you need to be able to orchestrate across different types of clouds and IT infrastructures. You need an application development platform that runs on any cloud, and workloads that execute seamlessly across multiple clouds.5
“ CIOs need to be able to offer capability that seamlessly integrates tasks across different types of clouds and entire IT infrastructures.” 5
No matter what your business and IT transformation goals are, an open hybrid multicloud approach can help you:
All in an open hybrid cloud environment that enables multivendor portability and eliminates lock-in, with security at the core.
By adopting an open hybrid cloud strategy, you can create an integrated and unified cloud and IT infrastructure that enables all your environments to work seamlessly together. In turn, this ensures your organization can access the data it needs to do business while optimizing spend. All in the service of creating a delightful experience for your users that’s nimble, flexible and cost-efficient — transforming your business without giving up what you and your users need.
An open hybrid cloud strategy integrates and connects your multicloud and IT infrastructure into a more efficient unit. It breaks down cloud silos and enables management and control across your hybrid cloud environment. And it helps you create an interconnected, open-architecture foundation, affording your business the flexibility and efficiency it demands.
Our open hybrid cloud approach creates a unified platform on which to run and manage your business. By integrating and connecting across all your multicloud environments and IT infrastructure, this will help you:
IBM’s hybrid cloud strategy is about meeting you where you are in your journey. You won’t be asked to replace what you have or rebuild from the ground up. Our strategy focuses on understanding what your business and IT goals are and helping you achieve them in the most efficient way. This is a significant value differentiation designed to help optimize your resources and improve time to market.
IBM and Red Hat open your hybrid cloud environment
IBM leverages the open-source architecture rooted in Red Hat® OpenShift® to unleash the full potential of our hybrid cloud strategy. Red Hat OpenShift is among the most robust Kubernetes platforms, with full-stack automated operations to manage hybrid cloud and multicloud deployments — optimized for developer productivity and innovation. Together, IBM and Red Hat offer one of the most complete, comprehensive and extensible hybrid cloud platforms in the market today. When implemented, our open hybrid cloud approach integrates clouds and on-prem infrastructures to afford simple, frictionless interoperability.
With Red Hat OpenShift underpinning IBM’s open hybrid cloud architecture, you get a single operating system and a container-orchestration platform that allows you to deploy applications without any hardware dependency — anywhere across your infrastructure. That means across your multicloud environment, too, creating an open hybrid cloud approach that provides the greatest degree of flexibility because it’s vendor agnostic.
A cloud that’s integrated and open
IBM and Red Hat will help you create an integrated cloud environment that is modern and maximizes the business value of your IT investments in the most efficient and cost-friendly way possible. Meet complex market demands and regulatory requirements while breaking down cloud silos, clearing the path for more innovation. Integrated and open, our hybrid cloud strategy supports the modernization of your applications and data and the optimization of your infrastructure to create greater efficiencies — and value.
“ The selection of IBM’s hybrid cloud architecture with Red Hat OpenShift gives us the flexibility to optimize across different public cloud platforms according to our future needs.” 4
For a deeper exploration of how to extract maximum business value from IBM’s open hybrid multicloud approach, check out the ways our hybrid cloud solutions can help drive business transformation.