Why Move To Hourly Billing For IBM In The Cloud? 6 Benefits Of IBM Software In The Cloud

Where in the past, people would run IBM software on-premise, cloud computing allows people to use IBM applications through the internet.

Aryaka’s State of the WAN Report, 2017 found that 46.3% of all enterprise WAN traffic is cloud-based, split between HTTPS (27.8%) and HTTP (18.5%). Cloud is becoming the new normal, even for traditional enterprise apps.

Why are so many businesses choosing to run IBM software in the cloud? It’s because cloud computing increases efficiency, helps them improve cash flow, and offers many other benefits… Check out six of the best below.

1. Infrastructure and License Cost Savings

Most organizations are moving away from traditional on premise relative static infrastructure environments to much more dynamic and flexible cloud models on platforms like AWS and Azure. The compute, storage and infrastructure costs are often the initial driver – however the cloud platforms provide marketplace’s to sell software and solutions using the same utility hourly billing models.

Crane provides IBM software on AWS and Azure – pre-installed images with IBM software ready to run in a matter of minutes.

2. Development

The easiest and fastest solutions to move to a public cloud is often Development environments. Crane supports hundreds of development organizations run IBM Software on public clouds – allowing developers to provision, configure and start using IBM software as and when they need it.

3. Test

Traditionally organizations have run large test environments that are only utilised for a fraction of the time. Cloud platforms provide the infrastructure models to only run them when required – with Crane providing the hourly utility billing across entire stacks. There are over 8500 hours in a year – many test environment requirements could be satisfied with a tenth of that!

4. Forecasting

A major headache for many IBM Customers is forecasting. Asking an organisation what their infrastructure and licensing requirements are in three years from now is not only expensive, time consuming and error prone – but also results in most cases of procuring shelf ware that is never used. Crane’s simply hourly billing models removes any requirement to forecast – simply pay for what you use.

If you already own IBM License for product like WebSphere or IBM MQ – you can use a BYOL model and procure hourly licenses from Crane if you need them.

5. Peak Production

Modern cloud platforms like AWS and Azure provide advanced features like Auto-Scaling that allow new infrastructure to be brought online to handle peak workloads. Using hourly billing for IBM Software you are able to take advantage of the power of the under lying cloud platform without the need to procure huge amounts of perpetual licensing to handle the infrequent, but potentially high, high watermark usage.

6. Disaster Recovery

Disaster Recovery can be extremely cost effectively delivered with passive infrastructure configured – but most of the time not running – on a public cloud. Hourly utility infrastructure and licensing means the costs are almost negligible unless Disaster Recovery is invoked – at which point you will incur costs at a fraction of delivering in any other way.

Not moved to the cloud yet?

Any two of the above would be enough to convince many businesses to migrate IBM apps into the cloud. When you add up all six, that’s approaching no-brainer territory.

Get Crane pioneered running IBM apps such as WebSphere in the Cloud. We’re the experts at it. If you feel ready for these advantages, browse our Cloud App Catalog today.

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