IBM Systems Magazine, Power Systems - April 2017 - 4
The Triple Option
PHOTOGRAPHY BY DAVID BOWMAN
hat do you think about in April? Filing taxes?
Driving with the windows down? I've got the
NFL Draft on my mind. After 330 football players
tried to dazzle coaches at this year's scouting combine, I'm
curious to see how each franchise's team-building strategy
unfolds. Some coaches seek an indomitable defense. Other
coaches want a third option in their passing game. And
teams that desire someone new for every position have
plenty of options.
IBM clients also have multiple options with their cloud
deployment strategies. This month's cover story highlights a
whitepaper authored by analyst Julie Craig at Enterprise
Management Associates, which dissects all the ways that
IBM Power Systems* clients can achieve the cloud model their
organization wants. Do you want to construct and run a public
cloud? Do you want to connect a private cloud to a public cloud?
The article on page 18 explains what's available to implement
Elsewhere in the issue, we cover the cloud-based disaster
recovery (DR) journey of Chilewich Sultan, a textile creator
and manufacturer. After Hurricane Sandy left the company's
computing environment down for five days, the company
decided to move to another platform and upgrade to a more
robust DR solution. Read more on page 14. We also examine
how chargeback systems are a growing concern. To learn
about five main flaws in current chargeback systems and
what IT organizations should do to address those issues,
turn to page 10.
The Tech Showcase on page 25 analyzes the importance of
upgrading system security strategies. Terry Ford, team lead
for Security Services Delivery, IBM, helped build a security
assessment tool that administrators can use to find system
areas which are vulnerable to a hacker's attack.
While one team's Plan A can be upended by another team's
selection in the NFL Draft, IT teams don't have to worry about
that. Plenty of options exist to help enterprises implement a
customized public, private or hybrid cloud solution that can
push business over the goal line.
Jessica Tam // Managing Editor
R Andy Potts
Illustrations in Living Color
Duluth, Drafts and a Dog
Gene Rebeck is a freelance writer specializing in
business, technology and economic development.
He wrote the Tech Showcase on page 25. Gene
lives in Duluth, Minnesota, where he enjoys savoring
locally crafted beers, strolling with his dog among
the area's many bucolic landscapes, and exploring
the old industrial and railroad sites that are also
abundant in his neck of the North Woods.
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This month's cover art is the handiwork of Andy
Potts. He grew up drawing and painting, realizing
early on that he wanted to "make pictures" when
he got older. In his youth, Andy was hugely
influenced by the work of Syd Mead (visual
designer in the films Bladerunner, Aliens and
Tron) along with sci-fi/fantasy artists H. R. Giger
and Chris Foss. After taking a foundation in art course in 1991 at Stourbridge College,
he discovered that illustration could become his career. Today the illustrator and motion
designer is based in London, creating commissioned pieces with a style that's a digital
blend of collaged textures, photography and hand-crafted elements.