Blog January 23, 2019

Connectria Delivers True Hybrid Cloud for IBM Power Systems Platform

The IBM Power Systems platform was first introduced in the late ‘80s with the IBM AS/400. Today, it includes the IBM i Series and IBM AIX operating systems and has long been a favorite platform for midsized and larger enterprises looking to run mission-critical applications.

One of the greatest advantages of the IBM Power Systems platform is its forward compatibility. In many cases, an application designed for the AS/400 will run on new IBM Power Systems hardware today.

But in the era of digital transformation, has this core strength turned into a weakness?

Are Your Systems Tying You Down?

In many cases, forward compatibility has limited the need for IT organizations to upgrade their applications and systems. As a result, these organizations are often the last to leverage cloud computing as they’re running applications that were designed before the cloud even existed.

In addition, few universities include IBM Power Systems in their curriculum, and many of the most experienced technicians are rapidly reaching retirement age. This has led to a lack of in-house, skilled IBM resources in many of these organizations.

Finally, the majority of organizations use multiple clouds to meet the unique needs of each of their workloads. The IBM organizations we work with on a daily basis are watching hyperscale offerings like AWS and Azure with great interest. They love the scalability and flexibility of the public cloud, not to mention the opportunity to free up capital by converting CapEx into OpEx.

But moving IBM i and IBM AIX workloads from an on-premises environment to the cloud is a big move; moving workloads to the public cloud is an even bigger one.

A Cure for Your Digital Transformation Blues

A Managed IBM Cloud for AWS and Azure from Connectria helps organizations that rely on IBM Power Systems to modernize their IT infrastructure quickly while lowering risks. By combining AWS and Azure with an IBM Cloud, we help you improve your cost structure and agility by leveraging AWS and Azure for your X86 applications and an IBM Cloud housed in one of our SSAE 18 SOC Certified data centers for those applications architected for the IBM platform.

“We created a business model which compared purchasing the same IBM i 7.2 configuration and running on-premise versus hosting in the cloud, and the payback in the cloud was less than 18 months.”

Greg Tipton, CIO Americas, Dometic

Because this is a managed cloud, we can also help you address any skill gaps in areas like IBM systems administration and AWS/Azure knowledge as well as related areas like security and compliance.

A Managed IBM Cloud for AWS and Azure from Connectria offers some powerful benefits for organizations looking to transform their IT Strategy quickly:

  • Instant access to IBM i, AWS, and Azure skills
  • Assistance with additional needs such as disaster recovery, security, and compliance
  • No need to rearchitect or replace IBM applications
  • Leverage low cost, flexible public clouds for X86 applications
  • Eliminate/reduce hardware maintenance fees and the high cost of maintaining an on-premises data center
  • Convert CapEx to OpEx

In addition, the TRiA Multi-Cloud Management Platform allows our managed cloud customers to optimize their cloud environments for security, performance, and cost – all from a single console. We find giving our customers access to the same platform tools we use in-house facilitates collaboration between our two teams. You see the same information we see, giving you more visibility and control. And both of our teams have the information and insights they need to hold productive discussions about the performance, security, and resource utilization of your cloud environments.

We know that migrating mission-critical workloads to the cloud is not something you take lightly. One of our cloud advisors would be happy to discuss your IT environment and goals to see if a Managed IBM Cloud with AWS or Azure might be the solution for you. Reach out to us here, and we’ll put you in touch with one of our IBM cloud advisors.

 

Related resources:

White Paper: Extending the Life of Your IBM i Systems

White Paper: Migrating Workloads to the Cloud

Article: 6 Reasons to Move Your IBM i Infrastructure to the Cloud

 

 

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