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Clouds Here and There

The business case for public, private and hybrid models

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Why IBM and Power?

IBM has invested billions in R&D and acquisitions to build leadership in two key dimensions of this a cloud IT model—service-management software and optimized systems. IBM offers a portfolio of cloud services that clients can access externally from IBM or offer internally to users on their own premises. More than 200 IBM researchers are working on breakthroughs in areas like cloud security and privacy.

Supporting this are IBM cloud labs in 11 locations in the U.S., U.K., China, India, Korea, Japan, Ireland, South Africa, Brazil, Hong Kong and Singapore, infusing IBM’s deep expertise into local regions. Each lab serves as a gateway for local clients to tap into the knowledge of IBM’s software, services and research labs around the world.

IBM Power Systems* servers are ideally suited for heavy workloads, high availability and reliability. And thanks to cloud, instead of supporting one customer, Power Systems clients can support literally hundreds or thousands of companies and their hundreds of thousands of end users in a single platform.

The bottom line is that the smart cloud leverages collective resources to offer clients the most available, scalable, secure and cost-effective solution. IBM Power Systems and System z* platforms have an innate competitive advantage to supporting real clouds, both large and small, thanks to their proven security, scalability and performance. IBM is introducing a series of variable pricing models that eliminate the upfront capital investments that had traditionally accompanied Power Systems and System z acquisitions and forced some clients to take a piecemeal approach that can lead to sprawl.

“The cloud works because of the economies of scale. You’ve got a lot of people who are able to leverage a central, very high-end, very powerful environment,” Kugler says. “The alternative is known as sprawl, where I keep adding little boxes and boxes. It’s like using a thousand little Volkswagens to pull a giant freight train as opposed to using one locomotive.”


Tom Brandes is a freelance writer for variety of subjects, including technology, healthcare, manufacturing, sustainability and more.



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