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Power Systems Is Your Cloud Answer

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Why Upgrading for Cloud Makes Sense

How can an organization keep its mission-critical production ecosystem viable while modernizing its applications and infrastructure for cloud? That concern, coupled with the need to keep business-facing services operational, and support e-commerce, mobile and other applications, often prevents organizations from upgrading.

The latest IBM Power Systems architectures support traditional workloads, all cloud deploment models and digital transformation. “These new systems also deliver a foundation for transforming to production cloud and for leveraging cloud to differentiate and become more agile,” according to the EMA study.

Purpose Built for Cloud and Data-Intensive Workloads

Because IBM’s POWER8 technology-based servers are optimized for big data advanced analytics processing and cognitive-intense workloads in the cloud, clients have the capability to create integrated delivery strategies for a broad array of use cases, workloads and business requirements.

Organizations with an on-premise infrastructure can become cloud providers using IBM’s elastic consumption automation and self-service options. Clients can use API integration to access compute services in the IBM Cloud. Thanks to client feedback, IBM has created a spectrum of supporting services and technologies that make integration between private and public clouds work smoothly and customizable to each organization’s unique needs.

IBM POWER8 Gives You Choice

IBM offers several distinct POWER8 processor-based server classes designed for cloud including scale-out servers and enterprise servers for Linux*, AIX* and IBM i. As noted in the EMA whitepaper, “IBM is fully invested for the long term in delivering a wide variety of cloud services, and the POWER8 systems are intrinsic to this story.”

The scale-out server line offers clients superior performance and a better return on investment when compared to x86 servers. These Power Systems servers run Linux distributions from Ubuntu, SUSE or Red Hat, and are designed for data- and compute-intensive workloads. In addition to providing support for DevOps testing and daily computing requirements, these servers are often utilized to create private, self-service clouds. Power Systems scale-out servers are used for workload consolidation, hosting applications and databases, and can be used as standalone servers that run Linux, AIX or IBM i. With up to 24 cores and one or two sockets, they provide a good platform for secure data-intense applications.

For organizations that must process huge amounts of data or have cloud delivery requirements to process a massive number of transactions, IBM Power Enterprise systems for cloud provide up to 16 TB of memory and up to 192 POWER8 processor cores. These servers, which support Linux, AIX, or IBM i, are designed for cloud and feature the high availability, resiliency, security and performance needed to safeguard data integrity. Clients also have the ability to turn on and off processors and memory capacity as demand dictates.

IBM POWER8 processor-based servers also include options for public cloud. IBM offers AIX compute services via IBM’s Cloud Managed Services as well as POWER8 processor-based bare metal servers for the IBM Bluemix* Cloud, formerly known as IBM SoftLayer*. Other options include compute and hosting for AIX, IBM i and Linux from IBM partners globally. More options from IBM and its partners are expected in 2017.

If connecting a private cloud to a public cloud is part of an organization’s strategy, IBM Power Systems Enterprise Cloud offers the hardware, software and services needed to create and deploy such a connection. “Such integrations, while commonplace, add another layer of complexity to the deployment and management of hybrid cloud services,” according to the whitepaper. “They are relevant in the context of the IBM Power Systems announcements because deployment of such services requires integration at the data-sharing and/or API level.”

Shirley S. Savage is a Maine-based freelance writer. Shirley can be reached at savage.shirley@comcast.net.



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