Cloud computing is an IT delivery model which can help improve asset use and responsiveness while reducing complexity and lowering maintenance costs. Cloud is nothing new for IBM, a company that claimed five years ago to have 80% of the Fortune 500 using IBM cloud, and in 2103 acquired SoftLayer to form the IBM Cloud services division. This week IBM doubled down on the cloud by unveiling cloud-based Power Systems servers as well as storage systems and new software at its IBM Edge event in Las Vegas.
Organizations across all industries are investing in cloud technologies for innovation, growth, and efficiency, and are blending public cloud, private cloud, and traditional information technology platforms. Yet, many organizations are discovering that implementing cloud computing in their data centers can bring management challenges and complexities which can decrease the gains and benefits of the cloud. Interoperability, resource optimization, security, oversight and scalability are all issues which can impede the efficiency and costs-saving potential of the cloud.
The new systems use the company’s Power8 processors to simplify the movement of data, applications, and services across a hybrid cloud environment. IBM’s goal with this roll-out is to deepen the integration across the hybrid environments. IBM’s new Power Systems servers deliver all the enterprise-grade scalability and qualities of service that Power customers expect, in a platform optimized and ready to deliver cloud services.
In a statement, Tom Rosamilia, senior vice president of IBM Systems, said, “A hybrid cloud model enables clients to continuously adapt while also optimizing on-premises investments. IBM is uniquely able to support the flexibility clients need across IBM Systems and the cloud.”
Zettaset is a proud partner of IBM Power Systems, and provides enterprise-class encryption and key management software. The IBM validated software works well on the Power8 platform and protects sensitive Big Data stores. We look forward to seeing more of our security software deployed by IBM in the cloud, as well as on-premises. IBM also announced that it is partnering with Hortonworks, a technology partner that we both now have in common.