Cloud computing is an obvious technology option considered by many C-level executives. However, understanding when and how to use it can make all the difference when it comes to business success or catastrophic failure.
- The cloud is arguably an appropriate platform for many Systems of Engagement applications.
- Systems of Record, with exceptionally high security requirements, are best hosted locally.
- IBM® mainframes, the de facto Systems of Record for businesses today, require absolutely secure connectivity to off-premises cloud-based Systems of Engagement. IBM Bluemix™ provides this security.
- When secure connectivity is guaranteed, businesses can begin to explore the greater opportunities that are available when business assets are exposed under the API Economy.
The underlying question is, how can you insure that connectivity is highly secure and well managed such that this becomes a truly compelling business model and fuels new business innovations?
This IBM Redbooks® Point-of-View publication helps answer this question, by first reinforcing the superior capabilities of the mainframe as a System of Record. We then introduce IBM Bluemix, a cloud-based development platform with its secure connectivity options. Finally, we challenge you to look to the future and consider how the API Economy can further enrich your business.
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Table of contents
The challenges of cloud computing
The secure and open mainframe
IBM Bluemix for secure cloud-to-mainframe connectivity
Fueling innovation with the mainframe and the API Economy
What's next: How IBM can help