IBM Launches New IBM Z and Cloud Modernization Center

IBM has just announced the launch of its IBM Z and Cloud Modernization Center, aiming to give clients access to tools, training, resources and ecosystem partners that can help accelerate the modernization of their applications, data and processes in an open hybrid cloud architecture.

As announced, the IBM Z and Cloud Modernization Center is structured to help clients gain insights on maintaining their current IT estate, while focusing on the design and execution of a new strategy for their core applications and data running on IBM Z to prepare for hybrid cloud.

“Until now, global businesses that run on IBM Z have had limited choices for a one-stop shop for information and steps to take toward modernization. Coupled with confusing narratives by vendors in the marketplace and accounts of failed migrations, finding a resource IT leaders can turn to can be a challenge,” said Meredith Stowell, VP, IBM Z Ecosystem.

“The reality is that the future is hybrid, where IBM Z and Cloud are better together. While lift and shift migration may seem like an attractive choice for modernization, in many cases it can be a one-way street and lock-in to one public cloud which may have implications on cost, governance and security. IBM deeply understands the IBM Z environment, cloud ecosystem and the industries that rely on us, and we’ve brought together all the elements needed to help our clients adopt hybrid cloud in one place.”

According to IBM, the main areas of the center include Domain-specific IBM expertise – made up of IBM Consulting Garage, reference architectures and patterns, sample modernization journeys and other technical solutions; Strategic ecosystem of global services and technology partners – made up of Capgemini, Deloitte Consulting LLP, Episode Six, Fiorano Software and HEXANIKA among others; and Additional resources – including links to a learning hub, a reference center with client use cases, analyst papers and other materials designed to help educate and empower.