Having a robust digital strategy in place is no longer a nice-to-have: The onset of COVID-19 has forced businesses in every sector to embrace digital and, by extension, cloud technology. Digital transformation is now crucial simply to remain viable, with Gartner predicting the adoption of cloud technology to grow 17% in 2020 to total $266.4 billion.
The prospect of adopting this new technology may be daunting, but the benefits of cloud technology are compelling. They include:
- Reduced IT costs
- Enhanced collaboration
- Improved efficiency
As Gartner VP Analyst Peter Firstbrook has pointed out, COVID-19 has exposed legacy thinking and techniques in businesses, including in the way they approach the expansion of cloud computing.
If your organization is missing out on the benefits of cloud technology due to the perceived challenges, IBM’s Cloud Paks may be the solution for you. In this article, we discuss Cloud Paks and the benefits they could bring to your business:
What Are IBM Cloud Paks?
IBM Cloud Paks use Red Hat’s flagship OpenShift container platform to build enterprise-grade cloud-native applications and modernize existing applications. Containers allow developers to package and deliver applications so that they can be run independently anywhere without installation or setup, thus simplifying integration and modernization. Cloud Paks’ lightweight, modular cloud solutions provide a quick, reliable way to build, move, and manage on the cloud.
IBM offers five Cloud Paks – for applications, automation, data, integration, and multi-cloud management.
What Are the Benefits of IBM Cloud Pak Benefits?
Here are just a few of the benefits of running IBM Cloud Paks:
Moving your business to the cloud requires a portable, container-based platform, which allows you to build once and deploy anywhere in a simple and flexible fashion. IBM Cloud Paks run anywhere. They operate on portable containers that can run on-premises, on public clouds, or in integrated systems.
2. Open & secure
Security data is frequently spread across different tools, clouds, and IT environments, so teams need to spend more time integrating tools and information and managing those integrations. They have less time for securing their organizations, but IBM Cloud Pak for Security helps them to take care of these issues with its open, secure platform.
IBM Cloud Paks incorporate certified, up-to-date software to provide full-stack support – from hardware to applications – so organizations can mitigate risk and ensure business continuity even in uncertain times.
Furthermore, IBM’s role as co-founder of the OASIS Open Cybersecurity Alliance has allowed it to create alliances with dozens of companies to promote interoperability and limit vendor lock-in across the security community through co-developed open source technologies.
IBM Cloud Paks are pre-integrated for specific use cases, such as application deployment and process automation. You pay for what you need when you need it. Furthermore, because they are packaged into five clear use cases, you can consume the specific solution that will help your organization transition successfully to the cloud.
4. Improve cloud migration readiness
A key benefit of Cloud Paks is the boost they give to companies not yet ready for a migration to the cloud. Using OpenShift as the fundamental container orchestration platform for Cloud Pak, organizations can begin the process of managing their on-premises environment in a cloud-like way and start developing workloads using container technology. This approach minimizes overall infrastructure management efforts because container automation eases complex middleware management operations using Kubernetes.
5. Easier access to the cloud
According to a Forrester Study commissioned by IBM in December 2019, 82 percent of IT decision-makers surveyed predict growth in their companies’ investment in the public cloud over the next two years, and 85 percent revealed that funding for IT infrastructure outside of public cloud is increasing.
This hybrid, multi-cloud approach is facilitated by Cloud Paks.
For example, Cloud Paks Apps allow an organization to modernize its current apps while creating cloud-native apps that can run on RedHat OpenShift. The hybrid approach facilitates faster, more secure modernization and accelerates the development of applications built for Kubernetes. Organizations can access cloud services while complying with company technology standards and policies.
6. Streamlined collection & analysis of data
IBM’s Cloud Pak for data is a fully-integrated data and AI platform that allows your organization to update how it collects and analyzes data and leverage AI. You can get up and running within hours, so you can enjoy the benefits almost immediately. Cloud Paks also facilitates the integration of analytics and applications. Data is collected securely and organized before analysis, with built-in governance across cloud properties.
7. Harnessing cloud agility
According to Entrepreneur.com, cloud agility involves the use of cloud computing to provision computer resources quickly. The idea is that businesses can get up and running straight away and pay solely for what they use. The positive results of cloud computing technology include business agility, scalability, efficiencies, and cost savings, without the need for substantial capital investment upfront.
Cloud agility also means embracing secure cloud services and managing your IT infrastructure on the cloud to facilitate rapid application delivery and support business agility.
IBM Cloud Paks help you to achieve agility via integration and interoperability. The agility that results means your organization can concentrate on developing and bringing products to market quicker.
These are just some of the benefits that IBM’s Cloud Paks can bring to your organization. As leaders in the analytics industry, our consultants will work with you to find the solution that will meet your organization’s unique needs in the drive for digital transformation. Get in touch to find out more.