Transform your traditional ITIBM Services® works with you step by step to help design and implement a security-rich, open, multicloud environment.
We ask four questions to help create the best cloud solution design
How ready are you to move to the cloud?
By using an analysis of your current IT estate, we can understand your goals and develop a plan to help you achieve success on your terms.
We help define a technology strategy that leverages your existing investments, cloud platforms and network setup. We then evaluate new ways of working to help develop an agile roadmap for moving to cloud. This roadmap becomes the basis for your cloud solution design.
Is your cloud solution design responsive?
We can help create a cloud solution that covers the required service layers, deployment platforms, provider choices, integrated tool chains and security solutions.
We make sure the resulting platforms, management framework, automation and operations toolsets are designed with agility in mind. This gives you a flexible architecture to accommodate the changing needs of your business.
Is your network ready?
As we develop your multicloud framework, we help confirm that your network is ready to support it. We use a unique scorecard to assess the interoperability of your current network. This scorecard can reveal a variety of data points in terms of business, technology, process and skill alignment that may be used to enhance efficiency.
Based on the analysis and our experience with more than 100,000 successful cloud migrations, we recommend a future network strategy.
How resilient is your cloud solution design?
To protect critical workloads in your multicloud environment, you need integrated resilience capabilities. That's why we assess the current standing of your capabilities and identify potential risks for your enterprise and help you effectively manage and mitigate them.
Based on the assessment, we can create a resiliency plan that's designed to support the migration and management of your new environment. The plan also helps guide routine testing of your capabilities. This way, you can better adapt to the changing business and IT landscape over time and confirm your ability to continue critical business operations in a major disruption situation.
The enduring excellence in our partnership with IBM Services has helped us to deliver and ensure maximum uptime with our new Tier 4 data center.
— Sabri Gökmenler, CTO Turkey's Isbank
We create a roadmap that's designed to streamline your migration to cloud
With your company’s cloud strategy and design in place, we can now get into the details of your IT infrastructure and its critical applications.
To help visualize your IT inventory, we use our discovery tool, which creates a dashboard of your environment. This view can include your servers, virtual machines, workloads and applications — virtually anything that lives within your IT environment.
The dashboard helps provide us the information needed to begin an affinity mapping process for your applications. We start by grouping the data into categories, such as moveable applications or immoveable applications.
With the inventory, affinity and dependency map in place, we can begin planning for your migration.
Your plan may include:
- An outline of migration phases
- Key timelines
- A risk mitigation and resiliency strategy
- A customer support and escalation matrix
Security is a priority
To help ensure business continuity, we work with your team to develop a strategy that is designed to build security and resiliency into all phases of your migration.
We use our orchestration technologies to help automate workflows. This approach is designed to account for threat management, incident response, disaster recovery and compliance management by helping address these issues automatically.
Confidence is key
To help increase your team’s confidence, we can run a pilot test that is designed to make sure the advised migration plan is right. We can do this by creating infrastructure and application test cases, performing user acceptance testing scenarios and putting in place a migration rollback process.
We also perform post-migration infrastructure and application testing for your enterprise, which can include documentation and a handover plan for your team.
Keep in mind you will have priority support during the handover to help make sure things go according to the plan.
Our team can now focus on innovation instead of maintenance or hardware. That’s really where we want to spend our time and effort.
— Chad Simpson, VP and Deputy CIO City Furniture
We get ready to seamlessly and efficiently deploy
Simplify your deployment journey
Once we have created your migration strategy, it’s time to plan for deployment.
Our unique approach is designed to make the whole process seamless and efficient by using a single dashboard view to help track governance issues and IT resources. This will also help reduce your provisioning cycle time from days or months to hours.
Based on an orchestration and automation platform, we help ensure your new multicloud environment successfully integrates with existing tools and architectures. This approach can be customized for any leading cloud technology, which helps reclaim lost simulation time.
Using a cross-team approach with Red Hat® products, we help automate parts of your workload deployments.
The Red Hat Ansible® Automation Platform is a specialized, agile and prescriptive way to deliver virtually all the tools you need to implement enterprise-wide automation. As a result, you can decrease fulfillment time and boost operational efficiency.
Network as a programmable service
Many companies encounter challenges with multivendor network functions. To help manage this, we can provide a fully orchestrated and automated control point called the Cloud Network Intelligent Control Center.
This solution is designed to simplify network integration across traditional and cloud-based network services and execute tasks across 570* different types of network devices reliably.
As a result, you can manage your configuration and more easily ensure the network is functioning properly.
* Source: IBM Cloud Network Intelligent Control Center solution brief
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— Tim Skeen, CIO Anthem, Inc.
We help you manage and govern your entire IT estate
Managing traditional and cloud environments seamlessly across applications and data across data centers is a balancing act of agility and control.
Your users need to be able to quickly access the services and tools they depend on, while maintaining the control required to minimize risk and ensure compliance.
Using our dashboard, you can consolidate the view of your assets, costs and availability across cloud providers. From here, we can help monitor and manage your entire hybrid cloud environment — servers, storage, networking, middleware, cloud, workloads and applications.
Identify the gaps
To align your business needs and IT capabilities, we develop a topology map that’s designed to help you more easily identify gaps between demand and technology services.
This approach can give you a basis for further analysis, what-if simulations and investment decisions.
After the analysis, we can help you select the right technology service for each of your business demands.
The model will reflect the priorities you set around service costs, delivery location, service capabilities, accessibility, service maturity and reliability.
Self-service management through cognitive capabilities
The final step is to transfer the topology and associated choice factors into an AI-based decision model. This model can enhance traditional IT operations by aggregating data from multiple sources and using automation, advanced analytics and AI to help identify and resolve problems faster.
The AI-based decision model also helps you consider the changing circumstances within your organization and the broader market ecosystem on an ongoing basis.
We chose IBM because IBM is very good at providing managed infrastructure. That lets us focus more on the application and our business.
— Pernille Kjærgaard Dahlberg, Global Operations Manager, SimCorp A/S
IBM Services has helped clients optimize their IT to achieve:
75% saw increased scalability.
- Business agility
72% saw improved business agility.
- Faster migration
Up to 25% faster migration to cloud.
- Cost reduction
Up to 20% reduction in overall IT costs.