Perspectives

The hybrid cloud future

For many, IT modernization has meant moving data and applications off the mainframe. But with security measures in place to protect your data wherever it goes, a hybrid cloud architecture can open up new possibilities for your business.

Despite the widespread belief that mainframes are being replaced by cloud-based services, IT leaders tell us they’re more interested in a hybrid future—one where on-premises core systems, private and public cloud, and edge environments come together to provide a balance of agile scalability, portability, innovation, and security.

The balancing act

How are US IT leaders planning to approach hybrid in the future? Our 2020 Mainframe Market Pulse Survey respondents noted interest in exploring the benefits of cloud and upgrading environments, but not fully retiring legacy systems.


Accelerate your possible with hybrid cloud

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A nuanced approach to innovation

It’s one thing for IT and business leaders to say they’re committed to integrating mainframe and cloud technologies. But how are they actually making this happen? Whether it’s integration in place or innovation at the edge, we’re seeing a growing number of organizations take advantage of models for coexisting.

Dave Knight, solution architect and IBM Alliance Cloud lead, and Bob Miller, solution architect and IBM Alliance Legacy Transformation lead, explore the real-life scenarios in Deloitte’s On Cloud blog.

I believe it’s about finding the right balance no matter what type of technology we move toward ... between all the systems.

—VP of security engineering and risk at a global financial services organization

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