CA and IBM collaborating in the cloud

Organizations are being challenged by disruptors changing the dynamics of the market which they operate in.

By David Stokes, VP CA Technologies and Guest Contributor, Steven Dickens, Global Offering Manager z Cloud, IBM

New technologies such as Blockchain and Artificial Intelligence are turning established business models upside down – all at a time when traditional cost and competitive pressures seem more intense.

Over the last few years one constant in how to handle this change has been a shift to cloud computing as a model to not only increase flexibility and agility but also drive out cost. Cloud has also been a driver to get organizations to return to core competencies. A retailer is exactly that – a retailer; not an IT provider, the same goes for Banking, Insurance, Government and every vertical sector. The role of the modern CIO is not to ask “How do I build it?” Rather, the modern CIO asks “How do I ensure the outcome is achieved by my cloud providers?”

Against this industry backdrop over 4,000 people are attending CA World ‘17 to hear about how CA Technologies, a software powerhouse, is responding to these client challenges. Another industry powerhouse, this time IBM, is also attending CA World as a top tier Diamond Sponsor. On the surface one might think that these two organizations compete for software spend in clients, but that is a narrow view of the market in both CA and IBM’s opinion. Rather, both CA & IBM are collaborators who together can uniquely satisfy the requirements of today’s modern CIO.

One example is in the mainframe space. A large majority of organizations rely on mainframe computers to run their applications and use traditional IT procurement models, wherein any and all requirements are carefully assessed and IT resources are determined, to refresh and replace equipment. A formal procurement process can take months or longer to prepare and execute. New or additional IT resources can take weeks or months to order, deliver, install and make “Ready for Use.” While trudging through this long process, windows of opportunity can be and indeed are often missed.

Moreover, far too many organizations are relying on mainframe hardware that is often reaching its end of life.

How IBM bridges the divide

To bridge this technology divide IBM Cloud Managed Services on z Systems delivers the flexibility any enterprise, using a traditional IT procurement model, would not have otherwise. With this, organizations can use Operational rather than Capital Expense (OpEx vs. CapEx) to access the mainframe compute and storage resources required for normal operations. Enterprise mainframe IT infrastructure – compute, storage and networking – can be acquired on an as-needed basis. This allows an organization to scale capacity to align with unique requirements. Further, IBM owns and pays for maintenance and upgrades to the mainframe infrastructure, which immediately translates to dramatic cost- and risk-avoidance. IBM Cloud Managed Services on z Systems permits enterprises to maintain and keep pace with the modernization of mainframes while adapting to a more flexible and agile infrastructure in a cloud-based financial model.

Once the contract is in place, IBM’s comprehensive service catalog delineates mainframe capacity, functions and capabilities into simple and easily orderable service items, which can be used to quickly ramp up mainframe capacity to meet unique requirements. Incremental changes can easily be applied to match the true needs of an application. Both IT and the procurement departments can avoid rushed acquisitions that often result in over-buying. Plus, 24/7/365 support is always on-hand.

Cloud Managed Services on z Systems not only provides the agility modern organizations require, but also gives mainframe clients the freedom and flexibility to leverage leading edge technology approaches. For example, organizations can utilize Linux on the mainframe to consolidate distributed servers that have been rampantly multiplying, enhance IT reliability and even take advantage of cloud computing safely.

In summary, the benefits of a move to Cloud Managed Services on z Systems include:

  • Organizations are able to transform their mainframe costs from a capital budget expense into an operational expense.
  • An as-a-Service model allows an organization to accurately forecast operational expenses and effectively manage the mainframe budget.
  • Customers see reduced mainframe infrastructure upgrades, hardware maintenance costs, support services and negotiations with OEM vendors for hardware maintenance.
  • Customers benefit from IBM’s highly trained workforce – a real advantage for organizations facing the retirement of workers with mainframe skills.
  • Organizations can reposition their mainframe in an as-a-Service cloud platform to meet the provisions of the “Cloud First” mandate. Service offerings can be provisioned either on premises or off-premises in any data center hosting facility.

CA and IBM

CA has partnered with IBM at all levels, whether it comes to how IBM’s delivery teams are trained on CA software, or how CA software is deployed to help both in the transition and transformation phase as well as steady state but more importantly in the pricing model. CA is uniquely offering Cloud Managed Services on z Systems clients the ability to license CA’s tools in a true consumption model, where pricing flexes up and down with business requirements.

So, if your organization is struggling with obsolete technology and reduced resources, you don’t need to wait until you can replace your legacy systems. Investigate the IBM booth and speaker sessions at CA World, or schedule a consultation with an expert here to ask questions, or visit https://www.ibm.com/us-en/marketplace/managed-cloud-environment-for-z-systems.

To learn more about CA World ’17, check out the program guide here or follow #CAWORLD on your favorite social media platform.

 

 


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