Three things you should know about IBM i for growing your business

Hybrid Cloud BenefitsEnterprises are reinvigorating their data with the resiliency and flexibility of the cloud. For many, there are still critical applications, homegrown systems and other specialized workloads that may give CIOs pause before making the jump to the cloud. Fortunately, IBM i hosting with the cloud tackles many of the concerns may arise as you increase cloud adoption. Partnering with a service provider can give you the guidance to ensure the right boxes are checked, opening you to new opportunities where your attention is better spent.

Compliance

When working with your cloud infrastructure, you need to understand the world of regulatory compliance. CIOs in the healthcare, financial and public sectors have to live with this reality all the time. For example, when you’re in the audit season, you want to make sure you have all the necessary notations or logs for the proper documentation. Very few organizations have a small and unimportant application running on IBM i, so the same level of critical attention is needed for ensuring that activity is compliant. We once encountered a company that had a compliance issue and had to go back and re-audit themselves, which came at a cost of a hefty six figures. If you’re working with a service provider that can oversee your IBM i, a lot of that compliance is already handled. That provides a lot of safety and security for your peace of mind.

Security

Speaking of security and resiliency, IBM i is popular from a security standpoint because it has a lot of capabilities built in. For one, it’s a self-contained environment. For example, with Windows, if you install some types of third-party software, it might log itself in from its preselected place, not from a centralized place. Additionally, because IBM i is more centralized by design, it usually has a lot more direct integration. It becomes a lot harder for an organization to have a breach because it’s harder for hackers to write malicious code around it.

Specialization

Gene sequencing and other exciting activity is driving a lot of data growth in the cloud. When it comes to these and other specialized systems running on Power Systems, knowledgeable developers and expertise talent is needed to run them. Due to the specialization of this talent pool, it becomes harder to find. What do you do when you have a whole application build around that? It doesn’t make sense to transition off to another app, so this is where a cloud environment makes the most sense. Working with a service provider ensures you gain the cloud flexibility and the right pool of talent to keep everything smooth.

With the advantages that the cloud and IBM i can provide, there’s less worrying about critical applications needing a major overhaul or security risks. Additionally, an IBM i-savvy service provider can give you added peace of mind, ensuring you have the proper backups, audit logs and other redundancy.

Ready to learn how to make IBM i work for your critical applications? Contact us today.

 

Clayton Weise
Director of Cloud Services

Key Information Systems, Inc.