IBM i is turning 30 this year, and it’s a testament to its technology that it remains a critical part of many organizations’ IT infrastructure. Thousands of IBM i installations are running around the globe — and most of them run mission-critical data workloads. You name a critical application, and a company probably relies on IBM i to run it, from payroll to ERP, and everything in between.
The reasons for this are clear: IBM i is incredibly stable. You start it up in your data center, and in large part, just let it do its thing. It’s why IT departments have relied on it for so many years.
You could sense the “but” coming, right? As new technologies come online and the IBM i workforce ages, it’s becoming more and more difficult to find qualified, competent help for your on-premise IBM i deployments. This presents real problems.
First, it makes maintaining your own IBM i installations more expensive; it just costs more money to hire or bring in IBM i experts — if you can find them. Another problem is more subtle: it takes your IT department’s focus away from supporting your core business. The more resources you devote to maintaining legacy IBM i systems, the less you have to help your business accomplish its goals.
What to do? Consider a managed service option in the cloud for your IBM i workloads.
Why use an MSP for IBM i workloads?
A service provider that manages IBM i installations as part of their core business has the expertise and the economies of scale that any individual company lacks. It has the added benefit of letting you move to an operational expenditure (OpEx) model — and never provision hardware for IBM i again.
Most businesses have already moved at least some workloads to the cloud, so the model and comfort is there. IBM i workloads should be no different. If you can find a cloud provider that has the specialized IBM i skills, has the security — including things like backup and disaster recovery — you require, all at a cost point that will help your bottom line, it’s worth checking out.
And let’s face it, it’s only going to become more difficult to find those IBM i experts you need to maintain your on-premise installations, so the sooner you consider a move to the cloud, the sooner you can free yourself from that maintenance issue. It can save you time, money and significant aggravation in the long run.
Learn more about how KeyInfo can help you move your IBM i workloads to the cloud in this infographic.
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