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How the Ingram Micro/IBM partnership supports resiliency and security in a multicloud environment

More and more companies are migrating to a multicloud environment. Can this migration be supported and sustained?

December 02, 2020

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More and more companies are migrating to a multicloud environment.
With this mass migration comes pressing resiliency, flexibility and security concerns that are critical to IT infrastructures.
Can this migration be supported and sustained?
In this episode of B2B Tech Talk, Keri Roberts catches up with Shannon Elwell, a business unit executive of North America Power Systems Sales at IBM, and Cheryl Thompson, a sr. technology consultant at Ingram Micro, to discuss how to move businesses into a digital transformation age.

They also discuss:

  • IBM’s strategic position with Red Hat
  • The difference between on-premises and hybrid cloud
  • The top 3 use cases for hybrid multicloud on IBM power systems
  • Where technology is going in the next year

IBM’s strategic position with Red Hat

In July of 2019, IBM acquired the company Red Hat. Red Hat’s claim to fame is their Linux open source operating system, which is one of five operating systems (along with Ansible and OpenShift) that is offered on their IBM power system.
The IBM/Red Hat partnership supports and manages heterogeneous cloud infrastructures seamlessly across power systems for modernized applications. Red Hat solutions, along with IBM Cloud Paks, help clients with their modernization, digital transformation, artificial intelligence and containerization IT initiatives.

IBM’s on-premise and hybrid cloud offerings

Every client is at a different stage in their journey to the cloud. Choosing between on-premises and hybrid cloud is highly dependent on their workloads and business requirements.
IBM is set up as a full-service shop for every stage of the client’s journey. Enterprise businesses with multiple vendors managing multiple things can do it all with multicloud systems such as the IBM Cloud Pak for Multicloud Management, a single dashboard that can be used to manage an organization’s public and private cloud clusters.
IBM’s on-premise cloud offering can be best utilized by clients who buy a base server to manage in their own data center and then purchase on-demand capacity as needed. This means the client only has to pay for what they need when they need it based on business requirements, financial requirements and capacity.

Moving data between on-premise and multicloud environments

According to the International Data Corporation, 72% of clients identify movement between clouds as a priority concern. With IBM hybrid cloud offerings, clients have the same operating systems and security management in IBM Cloud as they will once they move that workload back into their own data center.
IBM is the only vendor that provides both traditional on-premises and public cloud and offers the entire stack from consulting to hardware, operating systems, software, cloud solutions and implementation services.

Where technology is going in the next year

Modernization is crucial to a successful evolution of technology. Ninety-eight percent of organizations will use a multicloud environment by 2021 and 33% of all compute capacity will be in a private, on-premise cloud in two years.
Clients are moving some workloads to the cloud, but not all. So they need a hybrid model based on workload constraints as well as financial strategies, and the ability to easily move that data between different environments. Technology will continue to focus on ensuring clients can have that hybrid cloud model and  easily and securely move their data from one to the other.
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