September 26, 2016 | Written by:

Categorized: Hybrid | Infrastructure

Did you know that tens of thousands of Microsoft workloads are running on IBM Cloud? Here are some of the reasons why organizations of all sizes are choosing cloud to support their Microsoft servers.

Why choose cloud

Businesses are looking for new ways to engage customers, drive digital transformation and make operations faster and more flexible. With cloud, it’s easier to design and implement these ideas to create competitive advantage. Choose from multiple models — public, private, and hybrid cloud – that deliver choice and flexibility as the competitive landscape changes and your business needs evolve.

Microsoft workloads

Across public, private and hybrid cloud, IBM Cloud can provide seamless integration and support for the latest versions of applications such as Microsoft SQL Server 2016. The infrastructure is secure, scalable, and flexible, providing the solid foundation that has made IBM Cloud the hybrid cloud market leader.

Success factors

  • Configure the cloud your way – Can you trust the cloud with critical Microsoft workloads? One secure and widely used approach is to implement bare metal servers, creating a custom, dedicated cloud. With bare metal, the server is designed to your specifications. You select and approve what goes on it.
  • Stay in control – When your Microsoft workloads are running in the cloud, you want to manage them like an extension of your data center. Look for ways to use APIs and a single management system across workloads.
  • Go global – No matter the size of your business, you need to consider the flexibility of global data access and storage when choosing a cloud provider to support your growth plans.
  • Manage costs – Check to understand cost visibility across the software and server resources. Evaluate each element, from how Microsoft workloads are hosted to infrastructure. IBM Cloud offers clear, competitive pricing on hourly or monthly terms for cloud services and Microsoft software so you can easily meet all of your Microsoft Windows workload requirements.

Also, each time the software inside your core applications is headed for end of life, see if cloud can help you move to the newest version. For example, moving from an older version of SQL Server onto SQL Server 2016 may be faster using cloud hosting.

Get started

Stop by the IBM Booth #511 at Microsoft Ignite 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia, September 26-30, to speak to advisors about Microsoft on IBM Cloud.

Learn more about IBM Cloud and Microsoft workload hosting.

via Cloud computing news

September 26, 2016 at 03:40AM