SoftwareONE’s Perspective on Multi-Cloud – Stay In Control

Application modernisation
and deployment of containers

No fewer than 80%
of applications still
have to go to the cloud.

The real cloud transformation still has to start

Companies and employees usually work in a variety of cloud environments. This situation often develops on a random basis, or based on costs and convenience. Result: there is no overview or control. Bart Idenburg (SoftwareONE) and Joost Mulder (IBM) believe that it’s high time for a serious cloud transformation. This must be based on a carefully considered choice of the right suppliers and result in a hybrid cloud landscape.

The right insight - that’s where this real transformation starts according to the two specialists. As soon as companies and their CIOs become familiar with what is possible and what is not, they can make practical choices and assemble their ideal landscape. And yes, antiquated legacy applications can also be taken along here. They will only start thinking about modernising applications and the deployment of containers after that.

Together to the cloud

“It feels like we already make enormous use of the cloud” says Bart Idenburg, specialised in the IBM portfolio. “But we are in fact just at the dawn of a much bigger development. It is particularly the easy forms of the cloud that are already widely applied: examples are Software as a Service (SaaS) and mobile apps that work with traditional systems in the backoffice.” Another example is the usually simple workloads in a cloud-based infrastructure.

Nowadays, a whole world of systems is still running on-premises in one’s own data centres. “This is no less than eighty per cent of the total number of applications. All these traditional applications can go to the cloud.” But other aspects need to be mastered with the transformation. Together with IBM, SoftwareONE has detailed stage plans to support customers in this process.

Knowledge never hurts

Joost Mulder emphasizes the importance of basic knowledge of the cloud, such as the differences between the various versions. “In the private cloud the infrastructure runs on-premises and this is managed by the organisation itself. This is an advantage with sensitive, regulated and mission-critical applications. In the public cloud network, storage, data processing and applications are taken from the internet as services from a provider. Scalability, cost savings and a more concentrated focus on the creation of business value are the most important motives here.”

In the hybrid cloud the private and public are integrated with each other within one flexible infrastructure. This gives organisations and their leaders the flexibility to:

  • choose the best cloud for each application or workload.
  • move workloads between the two clouds should circumstances change.

More effective and more efficient

“Technical organisational and business objectives can be more effectively and cost-efficiently achieved with the hybrid cloud than with only the public or private cloud”, according to Idenburg. Mulder adds: “The hybrid cloud is here to stay. Pure public and private cloud environments will not appear to be sufficient – in practice you will always use a number of solutions and options.”

Gartner also distinguishes two types of hybrid cloud platforms. The hybrid monocloud: based on a single cloud provider. And the hybrid multicloud: a landscape based on open standards that can be used on any public cloud infrastructure.


A bigger budget for innovation

The challenge? According to Bart Idenburg this is: “Gaining control of all environments from diverse cloud suppliers from one point. This is discussed in a series of articles that together set out the total playing field and offer practical starting points.”

Lower costs and new forms of value are the points of departure here. With traditional IT environments some 70 percent of the IT budget is spent on maintenance and management. “Only 30 percent is put towards new possibilities. The cloud can offer you a partial solution here, so financial leeway for innovation is created. You also gain flexibility and can bring new ideas, products and services on the market more quickly.”

Another important aspect is security. Cloud providers have many more possibilities and much more expertise in this area than any individual user.

Evaluation and improvement

Thoroughly evaluating your current IT landscape prior to taking targeted action is in Joost Mulder’s opinion the most important thing. “Look at everything you have running, where it is running and how you could modernise it all. There are indeed enough possibilities to convert legacy applications to a new flexible environment. The question is: where does your journey to the hybrid cloud start?”

Would you like to know more about your way to the cloud?

Would you like to know more about how your route to the cloud looks and the associated possibilities? Do not hesitate to contact Bart Idenburg, Kees Pompe or Guido Mulder, the IBM specialists at SoftwareONE. You can also fill in the form at the bottom of this page.

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Bart Idenburg

Bart Idenburg

Senior Solution Specialist

 +31 6 5120 4149


Kees Pompe

Kees Pompe

IBM Lead Software Specialist

 +31 6 5135 2999


Guido Mulder

Guido Mulder

Inside Solution Advisor IBM

 +31 6 4566 6559


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