The expectation of internal and external end users in just about every industry today comes down to the same two demands: More. Faster. Your business users and your customers are hooked on real-time services. This presents real challenges for IT teams charged with processing transaction volumes that are growing exponentially (while budgets, meanwhile, are failing to keep up the same pace).
For example, if your industry is finance, your teams are pushing for more personalization and customization, and your customers want to monitor their accounts and manage their money from multiple devices. If you’re in healthcare, you’re dealing with more data volume streaming in from medical equipment and tests. And if your business is travel, transportation or hospitality, three letters – IoT (the internet of things)– sum up every high-transaction challenge on your horizon.
In a high-transaction world, systems have to be ultra-reliable and capable of scaling to meet extreme peaks in transactional processing. The performance demands are higher, but most organizations can’t respond with bigger, more expensive footprints. And at the same time, organizations need to be thinking about how to manage heavy transaction volume in a way that also better positions them to move toward a hybrid cloud future.
IBM Power Systems deliver a lot of advantages in these scenarios. The POWER8 processors deliver big performance in a small, cost-effective footprint that trims infrastructure expense and complexity. Its architecture, threading and cache structure allows clients to shrink their core count, and because its servers run Linux, iSeries and AIX, Power Systems excel with high-transaction workloads on open and closed-source databases. This ability to run multiple operating systems is a big deal for IT teams readying for hybrid cloud.
Our clients also like that Power Systems allows them to automatically manage spikes in demand by shifting workloads between servers or via cloud consumption models. The Power8 is the first Linux-based ecosystem and first generation of hardware designed for big data in the cloud, and it’s four times faster than what came before. Whatever workloads you might want to eventually bring to the cloud, Power Systems allows you to adapt accordingly.
The technology choices you make as you respond to high-transaction workload challenges are critical, but technology alone is not enough – especially if you have a small IT team. Whatever options you choose for technology and services, you need to wrap them in people who have the expertise to architect not just one product, but the ecosystem you need today and beyond.
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Director of Professional Services
Key Information Systems, Inc.