Tooling the Optimal Hybrid Landscape

Cloud is here to stay, but traditional on premise workloads aren’t all going away


A recent survey of 1,000 C-level executives reveals that even with cloud becoming a fully integrated or coordinated aspect of their IT strategies, almost half of computing workloads are expected to remain on dedicated, on-premise servers.

So the key challenge for enterprises is how to create, connect, and optimize applications across a hybrid cloud environment for significant cost and time savings. Each organization’s unique business conditions and requirements will define its optimal hybrid technology landscape.

Businesses today need the flexibility to create, maintain, and host applications where they are most useful, and to be able to regularly reassess which combination of traditional IT, public cloud, and private cloud best suits their needs.

Varying combinations

Many IT organizations are dealing with varying combinations of existing cloud apps, on-premise apps they want to convert to the cloud, and on-premise apps they want to optimize. That could include creating, deploying, and managing new apps for mobile, the Internet of Things (IoT), and the web directly in the cloud; it could also mean connecting existing front-end applications and back-end data to new cloud applications via scalable APIs.

Forrester Research Inc. recently completed a Total Economic Impact report of enterprises that migrated to IBM WebSphere Application Server (WAS) Liberty after previously using open source Java EE application servers; these organizations had encountered difficulty scaling applications and quickly developing and delivering them, along with high support costs.

Enhancing, optimizing and, creating

The organizations Forrester interviewed indicated their key goals behind the migration were to standardize on one application development platform, enable a more agile development and delivery process, and to improve application performance and mean-time-to-resolve for application outages.

IBM WAS on Cloud fulfills those needs, making it possible to:

  • Create new mobile, IoT, and web apps, and APIs that connect to Java Enterprise applications, and re-use (“refactor”) Java application code as microservices to create new cloud-native applications, reducing costs and time to market
  • Enhance existing on-premise Java applications with access to hundreds of IBM Bluemix cloud services, like IBM Watson, without having to migrate on-premise applications to the cloud
  • Optimize the environment by “lifting and shifting” existing on-premise Java applications unchanged to the cloud in minutes and reducing costs by 30% or more with “pay-as-you-go” pricing and lower CAPEX/OPEX expenses

Many organizations constantly look to fund innovation and business expansion by seeking greater cost-efficiency in operating IT activities, cutting the expense associated with non-core activities. IBM WAS on Cloud can help maximize ROI on existing investments and jump-start current app development by converting Java application code into microservices that form dynamic “cloud native” building blocks.

In addition, existing on-premise WAS applications can be enhanced for a richer mobile, web, or IoT experience through the Bluemix hybrid cloud development system without having to migrate the existing apps. Existing Java applications can be moved to the cloud, unchanged, within minutes.

Every organization will have its own distinct needs about what to move to the cloud—and when. The challenge is to ensure that IT is equipped to make it happen speedily, efficiently, and cost-effectively. For more information on IBM WAS on Cloud, go here

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