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Transform Your Business with the AIX Cloud

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In a business climate marked by change, success takes more than just conceiving new products and services. Delays in getting a product to market don’t just reduce the amount of time a new mobile commerce app or social media site can generate business value; they undercut the first-mover advantage.

To get the job done quickly and accurately, organizations need agile infrastructure. Cloud deployments answer that need by affording enterprises the ability to expand or contract their computing resources without changing their physical data centers. It’s a powerful approach that can be applied to a range of OSs—including AIX*. Whether the workloads involve core transaction processing or big-data business analytics, hybrid public/private AIX clouds offer an essential combination of scalability and ease-of-use. This gives organizations that depend upon IBM Power Systems* running AIX the new tools to respond to market demand.

The cloud is rapidly evolving to deliver the capabilities and services that businesses require in today’s IT environment. “Cloud has become a critical enabler for companies to transform their infrastructure for flexibility, cost efficiency and business advantage,” explains Steve Sibley, vice president, Offering Management, Cognitive Systems. “We are committed to making AIX available on the cloud with all of the right tools for private cloud and enabling more and more providers of public cloud infrastructure and software services.”

Public Cloud Benefits

Representing roughly 60 percent of all UNIX* technology-based OS deployments, the AIX OS is a mainstay in market sectors such as financial services, healthcare, retail and government. It supports transaction processing and mobile apps, provides the infrastructure for electronic medical records and SAP, and runs mission-critical applications for thousands of enterprises worldwide.

The beauty of cloud deployment is that it can be realized in different ways to meet the particular needs of a given client. With a public AIX cloud, companies have access to a flexible, elastic computing environment. Instead of deploying a permanent on-site infrastructure, they can order up computing resources to best suit their needs. These offerings encompass more than just CPU cycles and data storage. Because public AIX cloud providers may host applications, the businesses swap the cost of licensing fees, maintenance fees and staffing for a cloud-based leasing price and the ability to rapidly leverage new technology.

The public cloud option also provides an important tool for optimizing IT staff time. Using cloud provisioning and orchestration capabilities, developers can provision their own virtual servers and deploy workloads in a snap. Projects no longer languish in the IT queue behind other, less important requests. This enables to the IT staff focus on accruing business value rather than busywork.

Some organizations use the public cloud to offload applications such as email, while others leverage specialized software that requires experience and skill sets not available internally. Instead of adding to their headcount or overloading existing staff, they can turn to the cloud.

It’s important for companies to strategically evaluate what workloads and capabilities they want in a public cloud. “While public clouds deliver significant value in flexibility, convenience and agility, they aren’t necessarily cheaper unless workloads are variable or a company’s data center costs can be eliminated,” explains Sibley.

Private Cloud Flexibility

Despite the benefits, many organizations running core AIX workloads are reluctant to trust their critical transaction applications and data to a public cloud. At the same time, they see the upside of applying cloud techniques to manage their on-site computing resources. “We are starting to see a lot of momentum around enabling those core AIX business applications to be in a private cloud,” says Sibley. “It gives more flexibility and business value to our clients.”

Kristin Lewotsky is a freelance technology writer based in Amherst, N.H.


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