IBM i + Cloud: A Perfect Pair? Unmasking Myths and Unleashing Potential
February 7, 2024 Tom Horan
IBM i has long been the backbone of critical applications, known for its stability, security, and reliability. Yet, the rise of cloud adoption might have you questioning: Can this reliable platform excel in the cloud’s dynamic setting? The answer is a definite yes. The cloud and IBM i can be a great pair. So, how can this robust duo enhance your business operations and drive success in today’s competitive landscape?
Busting Myths: Addressing Key Concerns
- Security: One of the biggest concerns around migrating to the cloud is security. However, this worry is often based on misconceptions. In reality, cloud providers like IBM Cloud and Microsoft Azure offer top-of-the-line security features and certifications that not only match but often surpass on-site standards. Frequent security audits and advanced encryption protocols guarantee robust protection for your data.
- Complexity And Cost: But that’s not all. The complexity and cost of migration may seem daunting at first, but trusted cloud migration partners like Meridian IT Inc. are here to simplify the process. With pre-built templates and automation tools, they make the transition seamless and hassle-free. Plus, the cloud’s pay-as-you-go model eliminates upfront costs associated with traditional hardware updates, resulting in significant long-term savings.
- Performance: And for those concerned about performance and reliability, rest assured that cloud providers have you covered. High-performance infrastructure ensures consistent speed and uptime, and integrated disaster recovery solutions provide automatic failover and data replication for uninterrupted business operations.
- Pay-As-You-Go: But perhaps the most common worry of all is vendor lock-in. Thankfully, advancements in containerization and open-source technologies have made it easier than ever to port your IBM i workloads across multiple cloud environments. This means you can break free from any single vendor and take back control of your IT infrastructure. Don’t let fear hold you back from embracing the limitless possibilities of the cloud!
Unveiling The Potential: A Symphony Of Benefits
Embracing the cloud revolution by transitioning IBM i to its expansive environment offers a suite of transformative benefits that stand to significantly elevate the scope, efficiency, and agility of your business operations.
- Scalability on Demand: Imagine being able to scale your IT resources based on real-time demands. The cloud makes this a reality, eliminating costly hardware upgrades and optimizing your environment for peak performance. Studies show that companies migrating IBM i to the cloud saw a 30 percent increase in agility, enabling them to swiftly adapt to market changes and capitalize on new opportunities.
- Cost Optimization: Say goodbye to costly hardware and maintenance. The cloud’s pay-as-you-go model ensures you only pay for what you use, leading to significant savings. For instance, one company reduced their total IT expenditure by 25 percent after migrating their IBM i workloads to the cloud, freeing up resources for strategic business initiatives.
- Disaster Recovery Reimagined: Cloud-based disaster recovery solutions offer unmatched protection against unforeseen events. Automatic backups and failover mechanisms ensure business continuity, minimizing downtime and data loss. Statistics reveal that companies with cloud-based disaster recovery have a 98 percent uptime rate, significantly higher than traditional on-site solutions.
Ready for Your Cloud Journey?
Step into the future with Meridian IT, your dedicated partner in the seamless migration of IBM i to the cloud. When you leverage Meridian IT’s expertise, you don’t just migrate; you transform your business. With a proven track record of successful deployments, our team ensures that your company is not only secure but also positioned to thrive with newfound agility and resilience in the digital arena. Interested in cloud migration, but don’t know where to start? This cloud migration webinar helps uncover everything you need and wish you knew about migrating to the cloud.
Take the first step towards a promising digital future by partnering with Meridian IT. Reach out for your complimentary Cloud Readiness Assessment and get a customized blueprint that will propel your IBM i assets to new heights in the cloud. Don’t wait to unlock a world of possibilities – maximize your business’s potential now!
Tom Horan is a Vice President of Cloud and Managed Services Sales at Meridian IT. Tom has worked at Meridian IT for more than two decades, starting out as a Sr. Vice President of Services and eventually rising to the position of Vice President of Strategic Markets before becoming one the leaders of the company’s high-growth cloud and managed services businesses.
This content is sponsored by Meridian IT, which is part of Meridian Group International.