Moving IBM Power Systems to the Cloud

Having a cloud strategy has become increasingly important for organisations as they look to boost the performance and availability of their infrastructure, without breaking the bank. 

Most of the conversation, however, has typically focused on running Windows or Linux workloads in the cloud. 

In Australia, there’s now a substantial user base of IBM Power clients and we’ve found that there's not a lot of information available to them about deploying IBM Power in the cloud.  

To help these companies on their cloud journey, we’re working with our customers and internal experts to highlight the benefits of moving these workloads away from on-premise and how to make it happen. 

In episode 1 of our new #SundataTV video series Brian Smith from Penske Australia shared their journey of deploying their IBM workload in the cloud and the advantages they’re seeing now.

You can watch the full episode HERE

Here are some of the highlights from episode 1: 

Why Penske Australia made the move to IBM Power workloads in the cloud

“We were acquired by an American-based company and, for their SOC2 compliance, one of the key factors was to take away any risk from the business from having an on-premise solution.”

“They were definitely directing us towards a cloud-based solution that would both improve the security but also improve the performance, while being cost effective for us.” 

“We also had a strong focus specifically around wanting local support and expertise for our solution.”

“We needed to make sure that our application is available at all times. By moving to a cloud-based solution, that definitely opened us up to looking at different ways that we could ensure the system is available for longer periods of time. It was also important that we could perform regular backups and get better performance from our system than if it was on-premise.”

The Solution 

Building and maintaining the system to the required level of availability in-house would have required a level of technical skill that Penske didn’t have. Selecting specialist resources for specialist jobs would help the team to deliver the best possible outcomes and this drove them to consider outsourcing the management of their IBM infrastructure in the cloud.

Sundata’s IBM PowerCloud Infrastructure as a Service offered a holistic solution that would help Penske mitigate technical and performance risk, in line with their performance and execution ethos. 

The benefits to Penske Australia of outsourcing the management of their IBM Power workloads 

“I'm actually not from an IT background, I'm actually an accountant by trade so technology is definitely not something that I am strong in.

“That speaks a lot of volume about our reliance on our external vendors for that skill and expertise. We are often looking to the people who are aware of the latest technologies that we can leverage for our business. So that's where I look specifically to Sundata on the speed and performance of the IBM iSeries.”

“General maintenance has been another one where where Sundata has come to the party and assisted us greatly. They’ve helped us improve our overall performance, including things such as backup times and how we can rearrange the backups to be more efficient.”

"We have regular meetings at Sundata, which are really great for us. They give us an opportunity to step back from the business for a brief moment and ask ‘What's coming?

What else do we have to think about for the future of our business?’”

“We are a very active company and we're always wanting new things and our business is definitely hungry for change. So working with Sundata has definitely helped us to always be thinking ahead.”

Watch the full discussion on #SundataTV

Want to learn more about Penske Australia’s cloud journey? Check out episode 1 of #SundataTV for the full discussion with Brian. 

This new video series is designed to deliver as much value to you as possible so we encourage you to interact and provide feedback on what you found useful and what you want to see in future episodes.


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