To stay competitive, one sees that enterprises are increasingly looking to adopt hybrid Cloud strategies to help optimize everything from supply chains to sales. In fact, according to IDC, 90% of enterprises will embrace integrated hybrid Cloud services, tools and strategies to support different applications and use cases by 2024.
"With Cloud adoption taking off among enterprises, today's news further underscores IBM's leadership as the world's #1 hybrid Cloud provider", stated Harish Grama, General Manager, IBM Cloud. "By delivering AIX and IBM i with IBM Power Systems Virtual Servers on IBM Cloud, we are providing businesses with the flexibility to deploy even their most mission critical, data-oriented workloads across any environment - whether in public or private Clouds or on premises."
IBM Power Systems Virtual Servers deliver AIX and IBM i with fast, self-service provisioning, flexible management for off-premises workloads, and access to our enterprise stack of IBM Cloud services - all in a pay-as-you-go billing model which enables them to scale up on IBM's enterprise class systems to cater to their unique business needs. Companies now have increased options to explore hybrid Cloud workload scenarios for disaster recovery, dev/test environments and partial IT infrastructure moves on IBM POWER9's 2x performance per core compared to x86 Xeon Skylake systems. IBM Power Systems also provide security built in at all layers, from processor to the OS, designed to deliver end-to-end security capabilities.
For example, an IBM Power Systems client looking to run dev and test supply chain workloads on the public Cloud can use the new IBM Power Systems Virtual Servers to provide the ideal scalable solution for this hybrid Cloud scenario.
IBM Power Systems Virtual Servers in the IBM Cloud were designed so clients will be able to:
In a separate initiative designed to build a skilled partner ecosystem community that can deliver Cloud solutions on IBM Power Systems infrastructure, IBM today also announced the new "Ready for IBM Power Systems on Cloud" Business Partner Programme. The new programme will have a validation process for IBM Business Partners. The validation will be largely based on their technical expertise on Power Systems and demonstrated success in helping enterprises with their business transformation and Cloud strategy adoption.
As members of the IBM Power Systems on Cloud, IBM Business Partners will:
"We have been leveraging IBM Power Systems to deliver hybrid Cloud solutions for over 10 years and to more than 1000 clients. It's flexibility and performance has been extraordinary allowing us to differentiate our solution in the market", stated Dave Wiseman, Vice President of Solutions Architecture, Connectria who joined a pilot for the programme. "By joining the Ready for IBM Power Systems on Cloud Business Partner Programme, we're able to further demonstrate our expertise with IBM as we help clients with their journey to Cloud."
The IBM Power Systems Virtual Servers are available on the IBM Cloud in North America.