BLOG: 2020 – The Year for Private Cloud on IBM Z

March 5th, 2020 BLOG: 2020 – The Year for Private Cloud on IBM Z
Marianne Eggett
IBM Z Solutions Consultant


This year is going to be an interesting evolution for Cloud on IBM Z with the anticipation of big announcements that will change computing on this platform. New strategies for modernizing IBM Z applications will impact both the Linux on IBM Z and z/OS applications.

As these announcements roll out this year, I will highlight the IBM Z impacts in our blogs. Today’s blog is a teaser for you to visualize the big picture of what’s to come in 2020.


Cloud Transformation: How Kubernetes Changed Things, and Why

Cloud has been around for years. IBM quoted at a recent conference that nearly 94% of enterprises use multiple cloud platforms in their application infrastructure. 67% are using more than one public cloud, and 69% have opted for hybrid cloud solutions. With this large level of acceptance, what is the challenge?

Until recently, application development teams needed special skills to run cloud services. The software infrastructure wasn’t there to enable easy management of applications in the cloud, especially multi-cloud applications. Kubernetes was developed by the open source community to solve this problem, leading many Linux distribution vendors to incorporate Kubernetes into their packaging. With enterprise support of Kubernetes through Red Hat, SUSE, and Canonical, IT organizations felt more compelled to set up the Kubernetes foundation.

Kubernetes, and therefore the Linux distributions, automates the deployment, scaling, and operation management of cloud container applications. So, something that was once tedious for application development teams has now become automated, freeing up developers to focus on business requirements. Now containers make even more sense and the industry’s adaption will increase as a result.

With IBM’s purchase of Red Hat last year, Red Hat’s implementation of Kubernetes has become the foundation for IBM’s cloud strategy in an effort to make containers in the Cloud enterprise-ready for IBM software. The beauty is that IBM will announce their solution across all platforms–not just x86, but Power and IBM Z servers too. The new IBM cloud solutions are called IBM Cloud Paks.


Rolling Out in 2020: IBM Cloud Paks

IBM Cloud Paks containerized IBM software and packages in an easy-to-install and manage bundle, packaged using the Red Hat OpenShift foundational infrastructure. As a customer, you select an IBM Cloud Pak with the bundled IBM software that meets your business needs. Does your enterprise need WebSphere ND or WebSphere Liberty? Buy IBM Cloud Pak for Applications. Do you need a data warehouse with analytics tools? Buy IBM Cloud Pak for Data.

There are five IBM Cloud Paks that will be rolling out over the course of 2020:

  • Cloud Pak for Applications
  • Cloud Pak for Data
  • Cloud Pak for Automation
  • Cloud Pak for Integration
  • Cloud Pak for Management

These five IBM Cloud Paks will shorten application development time from design through deployment, plus change operations management of this cloud infrastructure. During a recent IBM Cloud Pak webcast, IBM projected an 84% reduction in development time and 75% reduction in operations expenses. This is significant–possibly significant enough to cause an exponential acceptance of container-developed applications.


Why IBM Z Mainframe Servers for Your Cloud?

What is the best server for this potential container explosion?

Consider this: during that same webcast, IBM projected that the IBM Z mainframe, with the 191 cores capacity, will support 2.4 million containers. This Z server will grow along with your enterprise’s container explosion. In my next blog I will expand on the value of IBM Z for your private cloud. There is so much that this mainframe brings to your cloud environment: reliability, availability (almost zero downtime), security, performance, and a low Total Cost of Ownership.

Remember, development of your containerized applications using IBM Cloud Paks (Red Hat OpenShift under the covers) will deploy to any platform. So, you choose either x86 or IBM Z. It’s that easy!

On February 13, Red Hat OpenShift Containers Platform and IBM Cloud Pak for Applications on IBM Z and LinuxONE were announced. This is the first wave to roll out this year. Look for all the IBM Cloud Paks to be available by year-end on IBM Z.


Opening z/OS Applications to the Cloud

In addition, for our z/OS customers, IBM has announced IBM z/OS Cloud Broker and IBM z/OS Container Extensions. Both products are designed to open the z/OS applications to the cloud. This is a game changer for z/OS shops. Now, you can keep your data and applications where they are. Stop your costly rewrite plans. Stop spending enormous time and energy moving away from this platform. Instead, you can open z/OS applications and your data into the cloud world – today!

This will be an exciting year for our IBM Z and LinuxONE customers. Bookmark the Mainline blog for future articles that will expand on topics introduced here.

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