IBM Systems Magazine, Power Systems - April 2017 - 21
for public cloud. IBM offers
AIX compute services via IBM's
Cloud Managed Services as well
as POWER8 processor-based
bare metal servers for the IBM
Bluemix* Cloud, formerly known
as IBM SoftLayer*. Other options
include compute and hosting for
AIX, IBM i and Linux from IBM
partners globally. More options
from IBM and its partners are
expected in 2017.
If connecting a private cloud
to a public cloud is part of an
organization's strategy, IBM
Power Systems Enterprise Cloud
offers the hardware, software and
services needed to create and
deploy such a connection. "Such
integrations, while commonplace,
add another layer of complexity to
the deployment and management
of hybrid cloud services,"
according to the whitepaper.
"They are relevant in the context
of the IBM Power Systems
deployment of such services
requires integration at the datasharing and/or API level."
IBM released two enhanced Power Systems
servers that enable organizations to move to
the cloud quickly and economically. These
new models can host many data-intensive and
The C Models are built for enterprise deployments
and have been optimized to provide seamless
cloud delivery, security, availability, flexibility and
control. They also can help clients reduce costs due
to the raw processing power of the POWER8 chip
and lower per core licensing costs. IBM calculates
that these servers can reduce operating costs by up
to 50 percent.
The LC Models offer scale-out servers to build
and deliver cloud-native data and analytics service
using Linux OS. Their form factor allows clients
to boost processing power by adding servers as
Both the C and LC Models provide a solid
foundation for hybrid and on-premise cloud services
and applications. In addition, IBM is partnering with
many open-source vendors and cloud-management
tool providers to help clients get up and running
with their cloud deployments as quickly as possible.
Examples include tools from IBM and VMware,
container management from IBM and Docker, and
OpenStack distributions from Canonical and Mirantis.
Clients can also choose from several hundred
automation scripts provided by
Puppet, Chef, JuJu, Ansible and
Murano as well as thousands of
open-source packages. The choice
Integrating with APIs
The advent of cloud deployments
has given rise to the creation of
APIs that allow applications to be
integrated across the technology
borders of organizations. APIs
support operations between
suppliers, partners, customerfacing transactions and intercloud applications.
APIs are an alternative to the
traditional enterprise service bus
technologies. Organizations of
all sizes are moving forward with
APIs. EMA survey respondents
reported that the number of
transactions accessing their API
platforms was increasing by 10
to 19 percent each month. This
rapid growth is another reason
for organizations to invest in IBM
Power Systems, EMA contends.
API connect services are available
as a product-with free community
Learn About the Whitepaper Author
Julie Craig, research director, Application Management, at Enterprise Management Associates
(EMA), covers public and hybrid cloud, integration
technologies, continuous delivery, DevOps and
application performance management.
She has over 20 years of deep and broad
experience in software engineering, IT infrastructure and integration engineering, and
application management. Her IT experience
includes working with two international software
companies: Enterprise Systems Group and the
former JD Edwards & Company.
During her years at Enterprise Systems
Group, Craig worked as a software engineer
in the U.S. and U.K., designing and developing
software for the broadcasting industry. At the
former JD Edwards & Company, now part of
Oracle, Craig worked as a software engineer and
development manager within the development
organization and as a senior engineer in the
IT infrastructure services group. She founded
JD Edwards' Global Enterprise Management
team and has extensive experience with network
management, database administration and
management of tiered software systems.
Prior to joining EMA, Craig worked as a
manager in the global architecture and core technologies group at Accenture, where she worked
extensively on ITIL related consulting projects.
Along with Rick Sturm and Carol Pollard,
Craig co-authored a new book titled "Application
Performance Management (APM) in the Digital
Craig holds an M.S. in computer information
technology, Graduate Honors, from Regis University; a B.A. in psychology, Magna Cum Laude,
from Lycoming College; and an A.A. in computer
science from Pennsylvania College of Technology.
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