The IBM iSeries has enjoyed a remarkable run. What started as the AS/400 in 1988 evolved into iSeries in 2006 and survives to this day under IBM’s Power Series brand.
But three decades of rock-solid performance have not overcome the challenges of hanging on to legacy iSeries systems. Dedicated hardware and software are difficult and expensive to upgrade. Seasoned iSeries experts are getting harder to find. Cloud technologies, meanwhile, offer power, flexibility, scalability, and economy that are too attractive to pass up.
Fortunately, embracing the cloud doesn’t force you to unload your iSeries infrastructure platform. You just need a sound strategy for migration to the cloud. Most likely, you’ll need a hybrid strategy that keeps some IT workloads in-house but seamlessly connects to others in the cloud.
Preparing for that move requires you to have three things in place: proper staffing and management, adequate power and space, and robust backup and recovery.
Let’s walk through each of these issues:
Before you launch an iSeries cloud migration, you must solve several core challenges:
Many organizations have far more processing power in their legacy systems than they’ll ever need or use. Making the move to the cloud means you can still get the power and space you need, while cutting costs at the same time. This is especially important for organizations whose needs fluctuate throughout the year.
Moving portions of your iSeries environment to the cloud will reduce the overall iSeries IT spend while matching your processing power with the precise needs of your applications.
And with a managed cloud solution, you can scale easily and pay only for what you use as your needs change.
Breakthroughs in virtualization, containerization, and replication allow any organization to develop robust backup-and-recovery systems. You no longer have to buy a duplicate data center that goes unused for years on end.
Cloud backup and recovery systems can be configured to create real-time failover for mission-critical systems like ERP’s or eCommerce, where downtime is a killer.
You’ll need these things in place when you migrate to iSeries cloud backup and recovery:
This provides only a glimpse at the complexities of migrating iSeries technologies to the cloud. For many enterprises and organizations, it makes sense to partner with an iSeries expert like CBTS to design and implement their cloud migration and then manage everything under a service level agreement.
A cloud migration can help you embrace transformative, data-driven technologies like AI and the IoT. You can make it happen faster with CBTS, where our managed services division will deliver the talent, experience, and knowledge you need for a smooth migration of your iSeries technologies.
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