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CURRENTS

ISM: What can people
do today to move toward
adopting a hybrid cloud
environment?
LS: First of all, there's not a lot
of standardization. Think about
what the application needs to run
as opposed to having different
versions of your infrastructure
and middleware just because you
can, not because you should.
That thought about standardization is helpful in moving to
hybrid because it lets you more
easily take advantage of repeatable service stacks provided
by cloud.
The other thing I would say is
workload assessment. Look at the
workload that would do best in a
cloud environment versus those
that do best in your traditional
environment, and look at how
you can launch new services
more quickly if you drove that
standardization and leveraged it
as a service environment. If you
go after leveraging hybrid just as
a full infrastructure play, you miss
the business value and are less
likely to have the momentum. That
is the last leg of the stool: Think
about this in context of what's
going to drive business value, and
that's where you should start.

"This is about driving new business, and that's
really the value clients are seeing."
-Laura Sanders, general manager, Systems Services, IBM Global Technology Services

9 10

in
of the survey's
frontrunners said
hybrid cloud
gives them
greater ROI than
a traditional
or all-cloud
environment

ISM: What sophisticated
automation is used to
leverage and manage
hybrid environments?
LS: For leverage, DevOps application environments are used,
such as Bluemix*, where you can
aggregate an application and
deploy it based on building a set
of piece parts from pre-existing
services, adding your own, having
a pattern and moving on. That
allows you to exploit.
For management, lots of things
are used. We're seeing the capability to provision and orchestrate
across the stacks that are created,
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and then automation, in general,
across a hybrid environment. We're
implementing not just all of the
automation we've had in the past
but also the capability to remove
what a person needs to do, either
because the definition is strong
and the cloud can take care of the
whole thing or because we can
automate with a digital person-a
repeatable software capabilty that
can take the same action as a real
person-to take steps.
One of the most interesting
technologies around automation
and managing a hybrid environment is brokerage, where you can
do automated planning but, most
importantly, create a shopping cart
as your application and deploy
it and manage its operations in
an automated fashion across any
existing enterprise or cloud model.
That is really powerful.
ISM: Does providing brokerage services underscore
IBM's move from a traditional
systems integrator to a cloud
services integrator?
LS: Yes. We want to be, we are
already, and we will continue
to be Switzerland in our brokerage services-just like we have
always been in our services environment. We manage a hybrid
environment today, and we will
do that in the future.
ISM: Do you think more
people are asking their
IT teams to transition to a
hybrid cloud environment?

LS: Yes. Let's say you want to
introduce a new app; it needs
additional infrastructure. That
process can be arduous because
the business likely has to buy the
capex or allocate it internally.
The IT team has to build the
stack, put the application on top
of it and test it before you make
it live.
If you can predefine that
application using something
such as Bluemix, or even if you
can predefine the environment it
likely needs, the business can say
to a broker, "I have this kind of
application. What are my choices
of where to put it?"
It really streamlines the process
and gives more power to the business owners, and IT becomes an
enabler, not a blocker.
ISM: People want solutions-
not why it can't work.
LS: Exactly. And they want them
fast, saying, "I just want to put
out my service because I want to
meet my business targets."
ISM: Where do you see hybrid
cloud going in the future?
LS: Hybrid models will continue
to morph. For example, think
about how we selected travel
before the internet. You either
called the airline or talked to a
travel agent. I see brokerage of
hybrid environments dramatically
changing the way people select
and execute their environments.
And they don't have to be IT
people.


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Editor's Desk: Loads of Options
Techbits:
Infographic: Your Route to Digital Innovation
Partner PoV: Ignite Innovation: Optimize Linux on z Systems with adaptation, analytics and collaboration
Currents: Great Gains: Hybrid cloud adopters gain competitve advantages
Focus on Storage: Storage in a Flash: Improve performance and efficiency with hybrid and all-flash storage
Cover Story: Mainframe Options: IBM z Systems supports modern languages, tools, optimization and processes
Feature: Unleash Business Applications: IBM Application Discovery unlocks new value and accelerates the adoption of hybrid cloud solutions
Tech Trends: What Keeps IT Leaders Up at Night? Cloud computing is cited as top priority
Tech Corner: Healthy Status: z/OS Health Checker features productivity and ease-of-use enhancements
Solutions: BoxScore II, H&W Computer Systems; CleverView for TCP/IP V9.1, AES; ISPW Deploy, Compuware
Stop Run: Data Points to Love: IBMer combines marketing, technology expertise to help others navigate online dating
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