What I just heard here at Pulse Conference is the announcement of PureApplication Service on SoftLayer (Beta) and that is music to my ears. I am sure it’s a harmonious symphony for IT executives (CIOs, CTOs) in companies across industries, aiming to lead the market with innovation and beating competition every time.
But before I talk about why this announcement is going to be a game changer, let me share my story of watching Avatar last Saturday, before I took off to Vegas for Pulse – since I see an interesting parallel.
While packing my bags on Saturday for this trip, I was also watching Avatar. I paused the movie, got ready and left for the airport. While waiting at the airport, I thought why can’t I log into an online streaming site like NetFlix and resume Avatar right where I stopped it on my DVD player. What if I could port my paused movie location from a DVD player to this site and vice versa? What if I can get the exact same user experience across different modes of video streaming vis-à-vis DVD player and the online streaming site?
This begs the question – what if we could port applications and complex workloads from on-premise environments to off-premise and vice-versa with much simplicity and get the exact same user experience. What if developers and IT managers get the agility and flexibility to deploy workloads on-premise and off-premise with ease and simplicity allowing them to focus on their company’s core business?
That is exactly what IBM PureApplication Service on SoftLayer promises to deliver.
Create application once and deploy anywhere using Patterns
Patterns are proven best practices and expertise learned from clients. They hide the complexities of setting up an environment for virtualization, operating system, middleware, wiring components, installing and configuring applications, while provide the simplicity of managing complex environments, allowing to focus on core business applications. Patterns include lifecycle management and monitoring.
With this Beta announcement, developers and line of business managers can quickly deploy a complex BPM, portal, analytics, mobile, and database or application workload using Patterns on SoftLayer. These patterns can then be exported and deployed on premise for production with IBM PureApplication System.
PureApplication Service on SoftLayer now enables on-premise to off-premise & off-premise to on-premise use cases. For e.g. a growing SMB willing to host their IT from public cloud to on-premise using patterns. Or a large enterprises trying to reduce cost with under-utilized disaster recovery environments may now choose to run primary workloads on-premise using patterns and disaster recovery and backup workloads on PureApplication Service on SoftLayer re-using the same pattern. That’s the power of patterns. Its rapid deployment meets simplicity and portability.
Life in IT is not just about on-premise or off-premise deployments. It is about hybrid. IBM PureApplication Service on SoftLayer completes this puzzle and complements the on-premise story of IBM PureApplication System.
So looks like I can’t finish watching the movie Avatar here in Vegas – the way I intend to. But with this announcement, I can definitely create complex applications and workloads using Patterns in PureApplication Service on SoftLayer and bring them on-premise. Now that’s easy!
If you’re also interested in learning more about dynamic cloud, I had the opportunity to give a preview of session IAS-1764A: Deploy an On-Premise Cloud Faster than You Thought Possible with IBM PureSystems. Come join us on Tuesday, February 25 from 11:15 to 12:15, in Room 119 if you’re at the Pulse Conference.
Not at Pulse and want more information on this announcement? Jason McGee, IBM Fellow, CTO of PureApplication Systems, gives a quick introduction to this announcement in this recent video clip.