LinuxONE: Determining Your Own IT Strategy
By Marcel Mitran
Dogs are supposed to wag their tails, not the other way around. Yet, too many enterprises have found themselves in situations where their IT infrastructure dictates the way they run their business.
Lest anyone forget, the purpose of IT is to enable and support business outcomes, not to determine or limit them. But how do enterprises get control of their IT when it’s already up and running, and comprises piece parts from a variety of vendors? How do enterprises migrate their mission-critical operations to a hybrid cloud environment so they can move quickly and manage growth?
With the introduction of LinuxONE five years ago, IBM answered those questions with secure, reliable and scalable architecture, complementing the capabilities of the underlying architecture in unique ways. Massive power, extreme virtualization, and open and disruptive technologies make the combination greater than the sum of its parts.
Unlike other Linux platforms, LinuxONE lets users scale up without disruption. Having this “cloud in a box” capability means enterprises can add database layers and new applications to their IT infrastructure without taking everything offline. They can change their tires and even upgrade their horsepower while staying in the race—critical capabilities in any industry with constantly changing demands.
The key is being able to define what’s valuable to an organization, versus what an IT platform will let it do. With its values determined, the enterprise is free to establish its own cloud roadmap, manage its own cloud services consumption, and position itself for innovation and market disruption.
LinuxONE represents the culmination of years of innovation and integration in optimizing open source workloads on a trusted architecture. Add to that the capabilities of Red Hat OpenShift, and you have a hybrid cloud infrastructure that:
- Optimizes the value of existing IT infrastructure
- Hosts mission-critical applications while protecting sensitive data
- Maintains security and scalability in the public cloud
- Enables “write once/run anywhere” application portability
- Installs and upgrades without disrupting ongoing business processes
Enterprises with traditional workloads can capitalize on the elegance of managing and scaling their cloud-native system from a single control point that enables previously unheard-of agility in their digital reinvention. Businesses with emerging workloads— such as enterprises in the Confidential Computing space—can count on the secure service containers and hardware security models of LinuxONE to establish and build trust in their marketplace relationships. And all users can benefit from the systems’ containerization, encryption and virtualization that allow them to maintain control of their own security keys. In other words, the enterprise—not the IT infrastructure—is in charge.
As LinuxONE celebrates its fifth anniversary, it has emerged as a “lighthouse” platform of global collaboration to simplify IT management, even as tasks have become more complex. As a result, we stand on the verge of a period of dramatic change, in which AI running on hybrid cloud will enable breakthroughs in classical computing and its tremendous potential to improve countless aspects of our lives. For businesses and governments making this important journey, LinuxONE is an essential partner to progress.
Marcel Mitran is an IBM Distinguished Engineer and Chief Technology Officer for IBM LinuxONE.