The expanded alliance further advances CSC's vision of the "Service-Enabled Enterprise" and IBM's "as-a-service" strategy, both designed to increase client choice and innovation in adopting emerging technologies. The as-a-service strategy provides consumption-based pricing for the IBM z Systems environment to give clients' greater capital investment flexibility.
"Many clients are looking for ways to make historically fixed cost more variable to migrate from legacy platforms to modernized applications and to a Cloud enabled infrastructure", stated Stephen Hilton, CSC's executive vice president & general manager, Global Infrastructure Services. As a solution independent integrator, CSC is uniquely positioned to leverage transformative services like the IBM Cloud for z to benefit our clients. This new Cloud-based service expands our Cloud offering and is a natural evolution of our long-standing alliance with IBM. We are very excited to be providing our clients greater choice and capital flexibility when transforming legacy computing to a Cloud-like service, and delighted that our close partnership with IBM has enabled us to bring this transformative offering to market.
The agreement builds on an announcement earlier this year that the IBM Cloud is available to CSC clients as an option through CSC's next generation IT services. Integration of the CSC Agility Platform with the IBM Cloud will enable clients across multiple industries - including healthcare, insurance and finance - to quickly leverage the benefits of the hybrid cloud and deploy some 10,000 applications that deliver rapid proof of value.
"IBM's ability to bring its world-class strengths in customer service and information technology operations will enable CSC to maximize mainframe efficiencies now and in the future via the IBM Cloud for z", stated Philip Guido, GM of IBM Services in North America. "IBM's leadership in next-generation Cloud, security, Big Data, management processes and support aligns with CSC's objectives of leading client digital transformation needs and providing long-term solutions to meet their ever-evolving requirements."
IBM's Cloud for z support of CSC will:
Resiliency services that will be provided to CSC include Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS), which provides replication, backup and recovery of critical infrastructure, data, and systems to the Cloud to enable a rapid recovery of applications and data.
The IBM Cloud delivers fast, easy and automated access to public, private and hybrid Cloud services to help drive digital transformation. IBM Cloud is a growing collection of services including analytics, mobile, networking, storage, Internet of Things and cognitive computing. With more than 40 global Cloud data centres, IBM offers CSC clients the most advanced mainframe technologies and skills needed to run their most critical business applications no matter where they reside.