The COVID-19 pandemic has acted as an accelerant for many enterprises, giving them the “burning platform” they’ve needed to push their digital transformation and innovation improvement agendas. “We’ve seen two years’ worth of digital transformation in two months,” Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said in April 2020. For many organizations, that means expediting efforts to move a growing percentage of workloads to the cloud.

Although annual IT expenditures are expected to drop through the end of 2020 due to the effects of coronavirus, spending on cloud services will continue to grow through 2021 at a healthy 13.4% CAGR.

At the beginning of 2018, some analysts were predicting that 80% of all enterprise workloads would be migrated to the cloud by the end of 2020. But just 15 months later, McKinsey and IBM discovered the volume of migrated workload was closer to just 20%. The journey to the cloud isn’t an easy one, as it turns out, particularly for monolithic legacy applications. IBM and Persistent Systems have a solution.

Introducing IBM Cloud Paks

IBM Cloud Paks are enterprise-ready, containerized software solutions based on Red Hat OpenShift containerization technology that enables an open, faster, and more secure way to move core business applications to any cloud.

IBM Cloud Paks Readiness

This accelerates desired outcomes by enabling intelligent, secure and automated workflows, providing developers, data managers, and administrators with an open environment to quickly:

  • build new, cloud-native applications
  • modernize/extend existing applications
  • deploy middleware in a consistent manner across multiple clouds.

IBM Cloud Paks have been purpose-built to address six key workloads in the enterprise today:

  • IBM Cloud Pak for Applications
  • IBM Cloud Pak for Data
  • IBM Cloud Pak for Integration
  • IBM Cloud Pak for Multi-cloud Management
  • IBM Cloud Pak for Automation
  • IBM Cloud Pak for Security
Benefits of IBM Cloud Pak Deployment

Organizations that take advantage of IBM Cloud Paks have improved efficiency and resiliency— reducing development time as much as 84%—while slashing operational expenses by up to 75%. These businesses are also reaping an array of workload-specific advantages, including:

  • IBM Cloud Pak for Applications
    • Modernize existing applications more quickly and easily
    • Embed additional security to meet changing regulations and standards
    • Rapidly develop new apps that unleash digital transformation
  • IBM Cloud Pak for Data
    • Improved cloud migration readiness and licensing flexibility
    • Enhanced data virtualization and governance benefits
    • Accelerated development and deployment of AI and ML models
  • IBM Cloud Pak for Integration
    • Successfully integrate 3X faster
    • Reduce maintenance costs by 33%
    • Respond more quickly respond to customer expectations and market trends
  • IBM Cloud Pak for Multi-cloud Management
    • Full visibility and control wherever your workloads run
    • Infuse AI across your IT operations toolchain
    • Deliver the operational efficiency and application resiliency needed for business continuity and continuous innovation
  • IBM Cloud Pak for Automation
    • Quickly scale up or down to meet fluctuating customer demand
    • Rapidly create new products and services to gain a competitive advantage
    • Strategically support the productivity of remote and onsite workers
  • IBM Cloud Pak for Security
    • Uncover hidden threats more quickly
    • Make more complete, more informed decisions about the risks they pose
    • Respond faster to those threats wherever they may be in your environment

IBM Cloud Paks give organizations fully modular and easy-to-consume capabilities needed to bring the next 80% of their workloads to modern, cloud-based environments. But every journey needs a guide to maximize the chances of success.

Accelerate your IBM Cloud Pak time to value with Persistent Systems

The development teams at Persistent Systems have been modernizing and deploying legacy IBM applications on the cloud for the last several years—with more than 100 successful cloud migrations completed. Persistent has also helped IBM develop and deploy important components of the Cloud Paks themselves.

IBM Cloud Pak time to value with Persistent Systems

Thus, we’re able to apply that unique, hands-on knowledge to help you rapidly and reliably accelerate your journey to the hybrid cloud by using IBM Cloud Paks in four key areas:

  1. Discovery & Assessment: This includes understanding your current deployment environment, application topology, and future plans.
  2. Deployment & Configuration: Purpose-built to support varied environments, we deploy the appropriate IBM Cloud Pak components and configure options and security for your specific needs.
  3. Integration & Customization: We tightly integrate your IBM Cloud Paks with a variety of data sources and other applications across deployment options, maximizing your ROI and time to value.
  4. Modernization & ROI: We optimize your applications to ensure you maximize benefits across several dimensions including efficiency, agility, and security.

Persistent Systems relies on more than 2,000 cloud and containerization experts worldwide to manage our customers’ deployment complexity with the right combination of containerization, cloud platform management, and IBM solution skills, along with a flexible global delivery footprint. Click here to learn more now!