Enabling Digital Transformation
The new Power to Cloud Rewards Program, based on the original IBM PowerCare program, helps clients implement private cloud.
By Juliet Stott07/10/2017
IBM’s PowerCare rewards program has been transformed to accompany the new release of the Cloud model of IBM Power Systems* servers. The new Power to Cloud Rewards Program (ibm.co/2px7Bar) keeps the core enterprise services offerings of the original PowerCare program, but with a refined focus on helping clients implement private cloud. Clients earn points when they purchase the 850C, 870C and 880C models, which can then be redeemed for a range of service offerings from IBM Lab Services. Cloud services options can be redeemed at a 25-percent point discount.
Cloud services options include:
- Design for cloud provisioning and automation
- Build infrastructure as a service for private cloud
- Build cloud capacity pools across data centers
- Deliver with automation for DevOps
- Design for hybrid cloud workshop
- Deliver with database as a service
Additional enterprise services options are available for clients migrating to POWER8* or for those that have already deployed a cloud solution. These include:
- Migration to POWER8
- SAP HANA
- Availability and performance
Private Cloud Focus
IBM’s Power to Cloud Rewards Program has been designed to help clients accelerate the transformation of their IT infrastructure to private and hybrid cloud.
“We’ve changed the rewards program to focus on helping clients make the transformation to private cloud, for example, to enable them to offer infrastructure and database as a service,” explains Ian Jarman, Power Systems business unit executive, IBM Systems Lab Services.
The redemption period for Power to Cloud Rewards has been extended to one year to give companies greater flexibility in scheduling the implementation of new systems. It also encourages them to reap the benefits of the innovation value as soon as possible. “Most companies purchase IT equipment on a three-year cycle, so we are keen for our clients to benefit from the innovation value within the first year,” Jarman explains.
IBM Systems Lab Services
Many components and services are available through the Power to Cloud Rewards Program, including access to the IBM Systems Lab Services consulting team. These highly experienced IBM consultants have extensive expertise in implementing technology in myriad client settings. Clients who have accrued 10,000 points can book their services for one week, and those with 20,000 points can have them for two weeks.
“IBM’s Lab Services team consists of consultants with proven expertise. They work on site with clients implementing new technologies, helping them with best practices and transferring their skills,” Jarman says. “IBM Lab Services’ aim is to facilitate and enable the client to be more productive with the new technology they have purchased.”
The Lab Services team can impart many skills, including showing clients how to utilize both private and hybrid clouds to maximize efficiency and drive innovation. A private cloud can enable an IT operations team to set up self-service provisioning to improve their turnaround times for requests from a DevOps team. The DevOps teams are given freedom within controlled boundaries to provision the infrastructure and software they need to develop and test new apps and iterate them, while the IT operations team retains ultimate control.
Clients also have the option to experiment with IBM Bluemix*, a set of APIs available through IBM’s public cloud unit, to create a hybrid cloud solution that can securely access data on a system of record. Both methods allow the DevOps teams to create new applications that are flexible, agile and easier to implement.
Clients who are already taking advantage of the new Power to Cloud Rewards Program have become more agile, more flexible and are able to execute digital transformation initiatives or projects in a more granular way.
One client utilized its Power to Cloud reward points to implement private cloud technology, based on PowerVC*, in a new segment of its business. The client already had several traditional apps, and didn’t want to redesign everything. Instead, the company used the private cloud to design, test and implement a new app for a new revenue stream.
“We implemented the new self-service provisioning capabilities for a retail company to help them launch a new customer-facing project. The agility and flexibility the private cloud offered has been very valuable. The retailer was able to bring new apps to market faster, that added value to their business stakeholders,” Jarman says.
Capacity Reset 2.0
For existing IBM clients unsure about upgrading their systems to POWER8, IBM is also offering them the opportunity to exchange their older technology for enterprise-class POWER8 systems under its Capacity Reset 2.0 program. For every two cores of POWER7*, three cores of POWER6* and five cores of POWER5* exchanged from their installed POWER5, POWER6 and/or POWER7 systems, they will receive a Power E850C, E870C or E880C processor activation feature at no additional charge as well as complimentary access to IBM Cloud.
The benefits of moving to POWER8, which comes with built-in OpenStack-based cloud management, cloud deployment services for private or hybrid cloud and flexible cloud capacity across on-premises and IBM Cloud, include:
- 2.5x performance gains versus POWER6
- 50-percent reduction in software licensing costs versus POWER7
- Repeatable workload deployments in seconds versus days or even weeks
- Up to 1.7x performance guarantee per core vs. POWER7
- Cut operating costs by as much as 50 percent (over five years)
Together, Power to Cloud Rewards and Capacity Reset 2.0 helps clients upgrade their equipment and then learn how to implement the technology in innovative ways, allowing them to stay on the cusp of digital transformation.
Juliet Stott is a freelance journalist based in York, England.More →