Cloud computing is a necessity and here is why:

  • Your customers are making decisions at their fingertips via mobile apps.
  • Your competitors are creating new business moments utilizing valuable insight from nontraditional data sources.
  • You are missing out on new innovations that are only available via digital services from a broad ecosystem

Cloud offers multiple viable models, however many enterprises are experiencing the greatest success with hybrid cloud. Hybrid cloud is the connection of one or more clouds to on-premises systems and/or the connection of one or more clouds to other clouds.

Successful hybrid clouds deliver:

  • Developer productivity
  • Integration and portability
  • Data and analytics
  • Visibility, control and security

You can enhance developer productivity by enabling seamless delivery.

  • Connect and compose data and services for enterprise, web and mobile apps
  • Develop, refine and deploy apps quickly and continuously with hybrid cloud DevOps

Integration and portability give you the ability to compose and connect apps and services across a hybrid cloud.

  • Connect apps, data and services – and compose new apps and services – across hybrid environments.
  • Secure access to data, apps and services where most optimally located
  • Bring the app closer to the data – or the data closer to the app.

Data and analytics in hybrid cloud are fueling competitive advantage.

  • Data services to replicate and synchronize data
  • Analytics services to refine data and provide insight
  • Cognitive computing services to interact with and change the world

As you move to hybrid cloud you must have visibility, control and security across your environment.

  • Transparency to see all data and apps across infrastructures
  • Control and governance to manage and orchestrate workloads and access
  • A multi-layered approach to ensure security across every interaction point

It is estimated that 80% of new applications will be data intensive. Therefore, data and analytics are crucial components for going above and beyond the competition. A robust hybrid cloud environment allows developers to be empowered, business leaders to innovate and IT leaders to embrace new technologies and change.  A best-of-breed hybrid cloud solution will include software-as-a-service, a digital innovation platform and a world class cloud infrastructure. Here are the benefits for each:.

Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) (examples: Watson Analytics, IBM Verse, BixFix, QRadar)

  • Accelerate business innovation
  • Engage and collaborate
  • Connect business processes fueled by powerful analytics
  • Deploy best in class security solutions

Digital Innovation Platform (example: Bluemix)

  • Extend existing IT investments into cloud business and delivery models
  • Enable seamless delivery with full DevOps and app lifecycle management
  • Use any combination of public, dedicated and local development and deployment

World Class Cloud Infrastructure (example: SoftLayer)

  • Open, secure, and scalable
    • Cloud infrastructure-as-a-service choices
    • On-premises private cloud and systems
  • Global cloud footprint
  • Secure, high-speed network
  • Expert services and tools

Did you know?

“IBM is ranked as the #1 hybrid cloud provider for the enterprise.” – Synergy Research Group, Wall Street Journal

“IBM Cloud supports 47 of the top 50 Fortune 500 companies.” – Fortune Magazine

Only IBM Cloud provides:

  • Full hybrid cloud transparency
  • Fast hybrid app development and full orchestration of business processes
  • The right access and relevant insight across all hybrid cloud data


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