This IBM® Redpaper™ publication explains the business and technical value of emerging patterns of expertise in cloud computing, with specific applicability to IBM PureApplication™ System, IBM Workload Deployer, IBM SmartCloud® Orchestrator, and IBM SmartCloud Application Services. It explains how patterns help companies utilize the different cloud environments that IBM offers. Also included are some preferred practices for helping to ensure pattern portability.
The pattern-based approach is a response to the need to reduce complexity in IT environments, where a variety of different skills are required to design, test, configure. and maintain integrated solutions, including clouds. IT managers spend most of their time maintaining applications and application environments, leaving little time to focus on new business needs or to adopt new technologies. As a result, businesses may lack the agility needed to be successful in fast-paced, competitive markets.
Pattern of Expertise are designed to deliver several benefits:
Reduced costs and resource demands
Fewer errors and, therefore, lower risk
Patterns take full advantage of the unique nature of clouds, both private or public. When used in the cloud, patterns allow for the dynamic and efficient use of IT resources to achieve consistent results, even when building complex solutions. In this way, patterns help save time, money, and resources.
This Redpaper aims to show the value that patterns bring both to IT managers and to the business as a whole.
Table of contents
Chapter 1. Introduction
Chapter 2. Pattern design
Chapter 3. Pattern deployment
Chapter 4. Pattern lifecycle
Chapter 5. Pattern portability
Chapter 6. Case studies
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