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Organizations driving digital transformation face multiple challenges. One is modernizing data environments to quickly and efficiently develop new applications and services. Another is conducting real-time analysis of many data types from multiple sources. While facing these challenges, it’s clear data workloads benefit from being near data stores, while processors must have the heft to handle huge amounts of data with ease.

For these reasons, cloud is central to business success. Cloud delivery strategies allow organizations to modernize while efficiently running any type of data workloads. “Cloud computing has emerged from the experimental stage and come into its own as a preferred delivery choice for real applications, versus simply a futuristic concept of enterprise computing,” according to a 2017 study by Enterprise Management Associates (EMA), a leading industry analyst firm specializing in IT and data management technologies.

Power Systems* clients, specifically those in regulated industries like banking and healthcare, require enterprise-grade systems for their mission-critical workloads. In addition, clients seek a secure cloud environment that enables building cloud-native applications and can create flexible workload deployment options while handling high-performance scale-out applications, such as hosting data and analytics services.

The EMA whitepaper further explains that IBM’s latest offerings make it possible for current Power Systems clients to upgrade their systems to accelerate “cloud transformation while reducing initial and ongoing costs.” IBM offers hardware, cloud delivery and software capabilities together with supporting services and products to assist clients in moving to the cloud. IBM’s new solutions and services may be “equally attractive to prospects seeking open, powerful cloud alternatives to x86 servers and chip architectures,” the study points out.

Cloud is Key, But One Size Does Not Fit All

Today’s businesses and IT shops recognize cloud as a means to boost digital transformation. Eighty-five percent of business and IT executives believe cloud computing is an essential resource, according to an earlier EMA survey, “Digital and IT Transformation: A Global View of Trends and Requirements” (bit.ly/2l2OwO5).

But with cloud, one size doesn’t fit all. Varying cloud deployment models can satisfy unique business needs. More than 50 percent of those surveyed consider private clouds to be the best route for their organizations’ needs while more than 40 percent favor a combination of public and private cloud, EMA found. The remaining 10 percent said they mainly focused on public cloud initiatives.

Every organization must consider a cloud strategy regardless of the deployment type. Each strategy should encompass the form factors and platforms required, security parameters, existing production implementation, new builds, and line of business and IT responsibilities, EMA says.

IBM Power Systems technology is well positioned to help clients handle their most challenging cloud requirements. IBM’s expanded POWER8* processor-based server offerings for cloud include on-premise cloud options, hybrid cloud support, complimentary IBM Cloud services access and the capability to integrate APIs.

In particular, as more organizations explore hybrid cloud, IBM Power Systems servers provide several benefits including:

  • Rapid access to compute resources for DevOps
  • Exceptional performance
  • Seamless integration of functions and data between on-premise and off-premise applications

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

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