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Bringing Greater Choice and POWER to the Cloud

Doug Balog
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If I’ve learned anything from talking to IBM Power Systems* clients around the world—including the largest enterprises, hyperscale internet data center operators and managed service providers—when it comes to taking advantage of the cloud, a one-size approach does not fit all.

Having flexibility and choice is key. What works for one client may not be the best approach for another. Some organizations prefer a private cloud environment, while others engage the services of public cloud providers. For a growing number of our clients, a hybrid cloud environment that mixes the best of what private and public clouds can offer proves to be the most attractive option.

Many of our largest clients, such as the world’s leading financial institutions, manufacturers and retailers, operate their business in a hybrid cloud environment, running mission-critical and confidential workloads on a Power Systems technology-based infrastructure on-premises. By taking advantage of management tools, such as IBM Cloud Orchestrator and VMware vRealize Automation, clients can seamlessly integrate their Power Systems servers’ systems of record (SoRs) into their cloud management environments to effectively manage their data center infrastructure from a single pane of glass.

By connecting their Power Systems technology-based SoR—the core assets of the company—to systems of engagement (SoEs) running on public clouds, our clients get the best of both worlds with rapid application development and innovation, maximum agility, security, and control with hybrid cloud connectivity and management.

Operators of some of the world’s leading tennis and golf competitions know the value of hybrid cloud computing. Behind the scenes, Power Systems servers are part of a state-of-the-art hybrid cloud computing solution that brings SoR together with SoE to deliver valuable data to sports fans via the IBM Cloud.

Regardless of which cloud computing paths our clients choose, another important factor is cost performance. New data-rich workloads (e.g., database as a service, analytics, machine learning, artificial intelligence and cognitive) demand maximum efficiency and greater cost performance to support their business initiatives. Closed or commodity technology is not up to this task.

Power Systems servers are built from the ground up for big data, serving as the critical base of a digital era infrastructure designed for cognitive workloads. Because the POWER* architecture is open, POWER technology-based cloud solutions benefit from a continuous pipeline of innovation delivered by a rapidly expanding OpenPOWER ecosystem, which now has over 200 members worldwide supporting and building cloud acceleration solutions on top of the POWER architecture.

Given the flexibility, openness and performance of the POWER platform and ecosystem, it’s no wonder we’re seeing hyperscale data centers, enterprises, managed service providers and others turn to the POWER architecture to deliver what an x86 architecture can’t: the most open and powerful platform built for the cloud.

General Manager, IBM Power Systems



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