The Triple Option

Jessica Tam
Photo by David Bowman

What do you think about in April? Filing taxes? Driving with the windows down? I’ve got the NFL Draft on my mind. After 330 football players tried to dazzle coaches at this year’s scouting combine, I’m curious to see how each franchise’s team-building strategy unfolds. Some coaches seek an indomitable defense. Other coaches want a third option in their passing game. And teams that desire someone new for every position have plenty of options.

Clients also have multiple options with their cloud deployment strategies. This month’s cover story features a whitepaper authored by analyst Julie Craig at Enterprise Management Associates, which dissects all the ways that IBM Power Systems* clients can achieve the cloud model their organization wants. Do you want to construct and run a public cloud? Do you want to connect a private cloud to a public cloud? “Power Systems Is Your Cloud Answer” explains what’s available to implement your strategies.

Elsewhere in the issue, we examine how chargeback systems are a growing concern. To learn about five main flaws in current chargeback systems and what IT organizations should do to address those issues, read “5 Steps to Implementing Cloud.” We also cover the disaster recovery journey of Chilewich Sultan, a textile creator and manufacturer. After Hurricane Sandy left the company’s computing environment down for five days, the company decided to move to another platform and upgrade to a more robust DR solution. Read more in “Chilewich Sultan Weaves Together a Custom Disaster Recovery Solution.”

The Tech Showcase article, “Tool Enables IBM i Administrators to Assess Security Weaknesses” analyzes the importance of upgrading system security strategies. Terry Ford, team lead for Security Services Delivery, IBM, helped build a security assessment tool that administrators can use to find system areas which are vulnerable to a hacker’s attack.

While one team’s Plan A can be upended by another team’s selection in the NFL Draft, IT teams don’t have to worry about that. Plenty of vendors exist to help enterprises implement a customized public, private or hybrid cloud solution that can push business over the goal line.

Jessica Tam // Managing Editor



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