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"We are looking to provide enterprises
with the benefits of public cloud, but in a
secure, reliable and scalable environment."
-Rushir Patel, offering manager, IBM LinuxONE
move the data off the platform to
gain insights. They can employ
analytics in place and get faster
results, enabling clients to better
understand and meet customer
demand, he says. Leaving the data
in place also enables them to use
IBM Z security tools to ensure data
privacy and protection.
Scaling up to meet workloads
is simple for clients employing
Linux on Z or LinuxONE.
Many clients have employed a
cumbersome scaling out process
that involves making copies of
the workload, adding partitions
and balancing workloads to
accommodate growing needs.
With LinuxONE, clients can grow
the first instance of the workload
to meet business needs. "You
can scale up your business by
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scaling up your infrastructure,"
Mitran points out. "No other
platform can do that the way
LinuxONE and Linux on Z does."
Provisioning and deployment
of Linux is easy, too. Clients
with x86 platforms tell IBM
that it takes six to 18 months to
provision a Linux environment.
With Linux on Z, it takes about
a minute, Mitran says. An agile
platform provides the business
more opportunity. LinuxONE and
Linux on Z provides capacity on
demand, which ties in nicely with
IBM Cloud Private's capabilities.
Those capabilities will include
self-service enablement in
When it comes to security,
IT shops are very aware these
days that they must protect
the infrastructure from outside
hackers as well as internal
threats. IBM shares clients'
security concerns. IBM Z, Linux
on Z and LinuxONE platforms
have stringent security built in.
For example, the z14 system
has the most secure features in
the world such as LPARs and
Linux on Z clients can deploy
Secure Service Container
technology to create a secure
and private Linux execution
environment. Data is pervasively
encrypted at rest and in flight
and both the data and software
stack are fully protected and
can't be seen by the system
administrators. Secure Service
Containers use the same
technology as blockchain to
protect against external or
internal intrusions. "IBM has
made blockchain technology into
a consumable end point for IBM
Cloud Private," Mitran says.
In terms of skills, clients can
rest assured that IBM Z skills are
transferrable to an IBM Cloud
Private environment. IBM has
simplified the need for extensive
Linux skills to use IBM Cloud
Private. Application developers
and line of business owners
can work with the platform
in a standardized way. "You
don't need to know a lot about
Linux to be able to provide the
infrastructure for IBM Cloud
Private," Mitran says.
Cloud offers enterprises many
opportunities to expand and
grow their businesses. The IBM Z
platform and IBM Cloud Private
are synergistically designed to
help clients get on the cloud at
their own pace and to reap the
benefits that cloud provides.
Shirley S. Savage is a freelance writer
based in Maine.