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IBM Launches Systems for Hybrid Cloud

LAS VEGAS -- IBM (NYSE: IBM) today launched cloud-ready systems, services and solutions that simplify the movement of data, applications and services across a hybrid cloud environment. Organizations across all industries are investing in cloud technologies for innovation, growth and efficiency. Today's clients are seeking a blend of public cloud, private cloud and traditional IT platforms. IBM's new solutions help deepen this hybrid cloud integration.

“Today’s business environment is very dynamic and filled with disruption,” said Tom Rosamilia, senior vice president, IBM Systems. “A hybrid cloud model enables clients to continuously adapt while also optimizing on-premises investments. IBM is uniquely able to support the flexibility clients need across IBM Systems and the cloud.”

Clients are using IBM systems to take advantage of new capabilities, optimize their operations or support changing business demands. For example, HealthPlan Services, one of the nation’s leading healthcare technology companies, implemented a hybrid cloud solution to address a new space in the market created by the Affordable Care Act. Today, HealthPlan Services administers more than 30 percent of the Individual On/Off Exchange insurance market, as well as a significant percentage of the Group Insurance market.

“Our triple-digit growth and leadership directly correlates to our technology strategy and how our hybrid cloud architecture has fueled business innovation," said Michael Lawley SVP of IT at HealthPlan Services. “We utilize IBM z, a technology that has adapted to disruptive change. It helped us deliver services, products and new opportunities for our business, as well as to our partners."

The new systems offerings designed for hybrid cloud include:

  • Power Systems for cloud. With integrated OpenStack-based cloud management and elastic consumption models, these new enterprise-class IBM Power Systems for the cloud enable clients to transform their IT infrastructure to a local cloud for AIX, IBM i and Linux workloads and extend them with rapid access to compute services in the IBM Cloud.

  • z Systems for cloud. IBM z Systems Operational Insights is a new SaaS-based offering that provides analytic insights on cloud operations for new levels of efficiency and application performance. It allows users to make better business and application decisions based on trends and embedded expertise on performance data through a GUI dashboard. This accompanies IBM OMEGAMON Application Performance Management, which provides quick identification of problem components through end-to-end visibility for clients’ hybrid workloads that include z Systems applications. In addition, the newly available IBM Common Data Provider enables z Systems operational data to be efficiently consumed in near real time by the clients' cloud or local enterprise operational analytics platform.

  • IBM Spectrum Copy Data Management and Protect. IBM Spectrum Copy Data Management is a new solution that drives operational and development agility and efficiency across new and traditional applications by allowing detailed, easy-to-use management of data copies. Additionally, IBM Spectrum Protect has expanded its extensive hybrid cloud solution integration with cloud object storage options for use in hybrid cloud deployments.


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