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Cloud Covered With System z

Free online course for IBM customers explains the value of cloud computing on System z

11/6/2013 1:01:01 AM | Businesses today are under tremendous pressure, driven by shifts including the move toward an increasingly mobile workforce and the need for greater productivity. Yet, companies are being asked to accommodate these increased demands without an increase in resources. For them, the solution lies in cloud computing.

Today, any enterprise can implement cloud computing to reinvent the way it does business and to drive innovation, and organizations of all sizes have adopted cloud services in some fashion. Why the move to cloud computing?

• Cost savings. Organizations can save 50 percent or more when deploying applications in cloud environments.
• Speed. Many cloud deployments can go from start to production in days, rather than the lengthy deployment cycles of traditional infrastructure implementations.
• Reduced overhead. Organizations can eliminate the time and expense of hardware and software procurement—and ongoing maintenance, support and upgrades.
• Flexibility. Enterprises can accommodate spikes in computing demand—without over-provisioning during non-peak periods—and only pay for resources used.

As with any technology implementation, organizations face certain challenges when adopting cloud computing. Should they rely on a public cloud or invest in a private cloud? What type of solution do they need and what will be their adoption pattern when they choose it? Common cloud principles must be considered when addressing the challenges of implementing cloud solutions.

For IBM customers who want to learn how to address these challenges and gain a better understanding of cloud computing and the capabilities that System z, zEnterprise and the IBM Software brands offer them, an updated free online course is available for download at The Value of Cloud Computing on System z. The course explores System z cloud solutions, which cloud workloads System z technology supports, and the value of System z in the cloud.

The Value of Cloud Computing on System z answers questions such as:

• What is cloud computing?
• How are organizations adopting cloud computing?
• What makes the System z platform special for cloud computing?
• What solutions are available to enable cloud computing with System z?
• How can companies develop a cloud computing strategy that fits their business?
• What additional resources are available to help people learn more about cloud computing on System z?

IBM customers may access the course from the System z eLearning for IBM Customers storefront. They only need to have an easily obtained IBM ID and password. In addition to this course, the following courses are available from the storefront, free of charge, to help IBM customers better understand how System z technology can help solve their critical business challenges:

• The Value of Business Analytics on System z, which explores analytics, its key components and how System z and zEnterprise environments are the ideal analytics platform
• The Value of Linux on System z, which examines the benefits of using Linux on System z to take control of the IT infrastructure and its spiraling costs
• The Value and Differentiation of System z, which delves into the myths and realities of the mainframe, and explains why and how System z technology can help customers strategically position their company for future growth

For more information about these courses, contact Scott Harris at sfharris@us.ibm.com.

Scott Harris is an IBM- and PMI-certified project manager responsible for developing internal enablement on System z, mainly for IBM software sellers and business partners.

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