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Infrastructure Matters

Terry Thomas

In my role, I work with clients that are undergoing various phases of digital and business transformation. They’re grappling with issues like modernizing applications, testing out artificial intelligence (AI), and building the right cloud environment. They must support their business as they continue to innovate and deliver new services to gain or maintain a competitive edge. More and more, companies are operating in hybrid multicloud environments encompassing a multitude of applications and platforms.

Our challenge—and an area where I believe IBM excels—is to help our clients integrate all of these applications and platforms with infrastructure that IT leaders can count on to rapidly deliver new services. And when we talk about infrastructure, we don’t just mean servers. We’re talking about your entire system architecture, co-optimized hardware and software. Technology isn’t the sole factor driving business success, but it’s a critical element as companies are undergoing these types of transformational changes.

In a recent blog post (gtnr.it/2UiAYxp) about 2019 infrastructure and operations trends, Ross Winser, senior director analyst at Gartner, advises that, “organizations need to create an environment that houses more agile infrastructure both on-premises and in the cloud, the critical time frame for which is 2021 to 2025.” This advice aligns closely with IBM’s belief that infrastructure must not only deliver from a performance standpoint, but also provide the agility needed to deploy new and existing workloads where it makes the most sense to meet your performance, security and cost requirements. This includes factors such as:

  • Moving data seamlessly between private and public clouds
  • Locating data near compute resources, wherever they reside, to accelerate AI learning and data analysis
  • Speeding new value delivery and extending value with container-based microservices and enterprise APIs
  • Accessing powerful services from IBM Cloud*

To achieve the business results your organization is striving for, you must have the right infrastructure that will deliver the performance, agility and security to meet those goals. The IBM Power Systems* platform is architected for data-intensive workloads and AI, and built to operate in the complex environments our clients are building.

The new POWER9* servers deliver on performance per core and memory per socket, but we go beyond that to maximize bandwidth between processor and accelerator. POWER9 architecture is also co-optimized PowerAI software—therefore providing system-level performance enhancements, not just processor-level performance. Additionally, the combination of IBM Cloud Private plus Red Hat Open Shift, Kubernetes with Linux* containers and VMware Realize allows clients to run and manage IBM Power Systems servers seamlessly in the cloud.

The IBM Power Systems platform also continues to be ranked No. 1 in every major reliability category by Information Technology Intelligence Consulting (bit.ly/2nshvuS).

Ultimately, POWER* gives you the choice and freedom you need to run your business effectively today and preserve flexibility for the future.

Terry Thomas Director // IBM Cognitive Systems Offering Management

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