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IT TODAY Cloud CHOICES A Cloud IT Optimization Assessment can help determine the right solution A s more businesses consider implementing private, public or hybrid cloud technologies they face the daunting challenge of weighing the potential benefits against costs, risks associated with potential disruption in services, regulatory and compliance concerns, security exposures and organizational effects. Before attempting to analyze these variables, however, if your business is able to measure its current level of readiness for effective cloud implementation, you'll be in a better position to optimize chances of success. Following a straightforward process that IBM's experience has shown to be highly effective can help determine your organization's readiness for new delivery models based on modern technologies. Rick Schoenmann is a certified Executive IT Infrastructure consultant in IBM Systems Executive Advisory Practice for IT Optimization. John Karaba is a senior managing consultant with IBM Systems Executive Advisory Practice for IT Optimization. Begin with a detailed analysis of the technical and financial model of the current IT environment, including existing workloads and their affinity for specific service delivery models-a combination of highly optimized on-premises traditional IT infrastructure and various on-premises/off-premises hybrid cloud deployment models. The next step is to identify the most prudent and feasible 20 // SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2015 cloud architecture alternatives that conform to the technical requirements of your enterprise. These alternatives must always be considered along with your company's long- and short-term goals, business requirements, budget realities and any other constraints. Once these two environments are known, a comprehensive cost benefit analysis can offer the most useful information to support your decision. We hope to show how to avoid some pitfalls and how best to consider and work around some of the points of failure in cloud deployment. We will also explore the more abstract and hard-toquantify benefits of successfully enabling cloud technology. To explore these issues, let's focus on a scenario of moving from a traditional technology-centric IT environment to a services-centric hybrid cloud enterprise architec-

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2015

Table of Contents
Editor's Desk: Flexible options
IBM Perspective: The full potential of Linux
Infographic: Differentiate your cloud services and drive margins sky-high
Techbits: The P-TECH fast track
Partner PoV: Virtualizing system software can help reduce data center costs
Trends: IBM has the roadmap you need to get to business innovation
Currents: Thanks to mobile apps, users can access IBM z Systems services and data
IT Today: A Cloud IT Optimization Assessment can help determine the right solutions
Case Study: Letters Home: Western Illinois University improves school-to-student interaction with more eye-catching financial aid documents
Cover Story: Linux Breakthrough: New IBM LinuxONE systems are enterprise-grade and built for business-critical applications
Feature: Community Partnership: The new Open Mainframe Project capitalizes on the strengths of z Systems and Linux to foster growth
Feature: A Matter of Standards: The KVM hypervisor extends familiar tools to Linux on the mainframe
Tech Showcase: Understanding VSAM can help you process and access information
Administrator: New zHPF protocols offer up to a 68 percent reduction in I/O service time for write operations
Solutions: Integration Link; SIEM Agent for z/OS
Stop Run: Software engineer notes creative side with musical instruments and choirs
Reference Point - Global Events, Education, Resources for Mainframe
Mainframe Skills Special Report
2016 Mainframe Solutions Edition

IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2015