An Inflection Point for Cloud
Learn why on-premises infrastructure is a vital part of your IT strategy.
By Hadley Hempel10/30/2019
When cloud solutions were in their infancy, many businesses felt the urge to move workloads to the cloud, with a focus on either public or private cloud. Some thought that cloud might completely replace their on-premises infrastructure. In certain cases that may be possible, but
I believe we are witnessing an inflection point where businesses are truly realizing the benefits of a hybrid multicloud strategy.
On-premises infrastructure isn’t going the way of the floppy disk; it’s a vital part of your IT strategy. According to a study conducted by 451 Research in the second half of 2018, 60% of users surveyed said that most of their workloads were on-premises; only 20% said that most of their workloads were in public clouds of Software as a Service (SaaS) infrastructure. While that breakdown is expected to shift slightly by 2020—39% of organizations say that the bulk of their workloads will be in SaaS or public cloud—it’s clear that on-premises infrastructure is still vital to today’s enterprises.
It’s not an “either/or” option when it comes to cloud. The vast majority of organizations should consider a hybrid strategy that will continue to run mission critical business operations and data-intensive workloads on the most secure and powerful on-premises servers, while moving other workloads to private or public cloud environments to enhance flexibility and efficiency.
The IBM Power Systems* platform is continuing to make exciting advancements in cloud. At the moment, some of the innovations I am most excited about relate to hybrid cloud solutions we have designed to provide greater choice and flexibility for our infrastructure clients.
In June, the team announced IBM Power Systems Virtual Servers on the IBM Cloud*. And 2019 isn’t over yet—there’s still more to come!
I look forward to sharing more with you about the latest innovations from IBM Power Systems as they are announced. As we help our clients determine the right combination of on- and off-premises cloud solutions to meet their business needs, our offering owners and development teams are continuously gathering real-time client experience and feedback through our Early Support Programs, Net Promoter Score surveys and face-to-face meetings in order to drive high value-improvements and innovations in an agile fashion.
We look forward to hearing from you about how our hybrid cloud solutions are helping you to innovate and grow your own businesses.
Hadley Hempel is a product marketing manager for IBM Power Systems Scale-Out and IBM i.