IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2017 - 27
IBM Z offerings help clients take advantage
of the cloud
By Jim Utsler k Photography by John Lund/Getty
The cloud was once considered simply part of the computing stack-an extension of the
data center that hosted non-critical applications and data sets seemingly in the air. Now for
many organizations, however, it's become an essential part of operations, allowing them to
more quickly deploy new technologies and nimbly respond to changing market forces.
As Nathan Dotson, offering manager, IBM Z* Cloud, notes, "Across all industries,
disruptive newcomers are shaking up the landscape through novel innovations and by
leveraging technologies available in the cloud. This enables them to develop and go to
market with far greater speed and agility than well-established veterans. As a result,
those veterans are increasingly looking to capitalize on and unlock IBM Z as a
critical and differentiating asset in their cloud journey."
In response to this, IBM has created a number of services as part of its IBM Z initiative.
IBM Z servers are the foundation of the enterprise cloud data center, supporting massive
transaction scales, with low costs along with high-volume workloads. This creates an open
and connected environment that allows developers to seamlessly create today's crucial
business applications and deliver them in unique ways.
"With its abilities to support open technologies-while also providing incomparable
security and resilience-the IBM Z platform is ideal for cloud-based, mission-critical data
and workloads. It provides highly differentiated offerings, such as Bluemix*, LinuxONE* and
OpenStack, and value across industries, allowing users to realize their value
as never before," Dotson adds.
What follows is an exploration of the six cloud offerings along with the types
of workloads they are best suited for.
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