Enabling Hybrid Multicloud With IBM Power Systems
Harness the cloud with on-premises and off-premises infrastructure.
By Bo Gebbie01/02/2020
Cloud computing has opened up new opportunities and challenges for organizations of all sizes. What many said was a fad has grown into a multibillion dollar technology shift that has upended how technologists perform their work, how organizations operate and innovate, and how companies of all sizes are challenging the status quo.
Choose Your Cloud
Because it offers many deployment choices, cloud has evolved to become an essential tool for businesses. Cloud configurations can be combined in many ways to suit an enterprise’s needs. Key types of cloud are:
- Private cloud: An on-premises or off-premises cloud infrastructure where access is limited to an organization and perhaps selected partners. If the private cloud is on-premises, the enterprise manages the cloud. If it’s off-premises, the cloud may be managed by a third party.
- Public cloud: The off-premises infrastructure is shared by the general public. Anyone can purchase a piece of a cloud run by a cloud service provider.
- Hybrid cloud: This combination of public and private clouds, as well as traditional IT that are connected together, enables data and application portability.
- Hybrid multicloud: Many public and private clouds are joined together to enable the movement of data between these clouds.
As cloud technologies have matured and evolved, many organizations have opted to take a hybrid multicloud approach. Flexibility and fluid movement of applications and data are the hallmarks of today’s cloud configurations.
Benefits of Multicloud
The drive to change and the urgent nature to do so are being driven from both IT and the C-suite. Hybrid multicloud solutions help organizations deploy applications where they make the most sense for their organization, move more quickly to change and be flexible to the ever-changing needs of the business.
Currently, 85% of companies use a multicloud environment, according to a recent IBM Institute for Business Value (IBV) study. IBV forecasts that in three years, 98% of enterprises will use hybrid multiclouds.
Many parts of the enterprise benefit from hybrid multiclouds’ capability to move applications and data between clouds, including finance, human resources, supply chain management, marketing, sales and customer service.
According to the aforementioned IBV study, multicloud users in all industries except government and education saw revenue grow 59% and profitability increase by 44%. Those in government and education experienced a 117% rise in efficiency and 138% increase in effectiveness.
Cloud flexibility allows these enterprises to migrate existing applications to the cloud, modernize applications to run on the cloud, innovate with new cloud applications, and use processes, tools and skills to deliver new features and apps.
Leveraging Power Systems Environments
I’ve seen many clients struggle with how to operate their legacy environments while also investing and innovating for the future. For many organizations, IBM Power Systems* servers are at the core of their compute environment. IBM has taken great strides over the past several years to modernize the entire platform stack while introducing new technologies to enable greater flexibility.
On-premises private cloud solutions include IBM Hyperconverged Systems powered by Nutanix. On the scale-up systems, Power Systems Capacity on Demand and Enterprise Pools offer flexibility to expand and contract your compute environments, whether on one system or across multiple systems.
Software solutions such as Cloud PowerVC Manager help simplify virtualization management and cloud deployments for AIX*, IBM i, and Linux* on POWER*. IBM Power Systems Enterprise Cloud Edition integrates several software components to provide self-service infrastructure provisioning, single-pane monitoring and simplified high availability solutions for cloud deployments.
More recently, IBM has partnered with several external organizations to offer managed and/or public cloud offerings. From cloud managed services for SAP and Oracle, to POWER8* and POWER9* compute capacity available via public cloud providers to the new POWER9 on IBM Cloud* offerings, the platform is now available in more places than ever before. This flexibility allows clients to tailor fit the solution that works best for them and to develop a fit-for-purpose strategy.
Some applications may be extremely data-intensive and are better supported in an on-premises private cloud environment. It may make more financial sense for an organization to support dev/test or backups in a public cloud solution. Due to the complex nature of the software stack, and to utilize the best skills available, another organization may choose to engage a service provider’s SAP HANA on IBM Power Systems SaaS offering.
Finding the Perfect Cloud
No matter what makes the most sense, rest assured that your organization has investment protection and a very strategic roadmap across the entire IBM Power Systems family to move forward with a hybrid multicloud strategy. There’s no one-size-fits-all solution. But with the flexibility and offerings now available in the market, it’s easier than ever to find the perfect solution for your organization.
Bo Gebbie is the vice president of sales, services and marketing at Evolving Solutions.