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Seamless Distributed Cloud Experience, with IBM
Rajesh Venkatachalam Head of HCL IBM Ecosystem Unit | August 13, 2021
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Partnership with HCL to offer cloud satellite services, anywhere, anytime.

The rapid evolution of networking, from localized on-site configurations to hybrid cloud services architecture has empowered business operations with every iteration. Despite the natural operational advantages on offer, the pace of adoption has been fairly steady – until this past year . Recent disruptions, mainly from the global pandemic, have drastically accelerated enterprise cloud transformations with increasing demands for a distributed workforce. But adapting to this change has not been easy.

Reimagining Cloud with a Distributed Approach

Adapting to this change has proven difficult for most organizations who have supplemented their on-premise infrastructure with private and public cloud solutions. This hybrid cloud architecture approach lacked the necessary strategic deployment, creating a misalignment between private and public cloud solutions, and posing major challenges for IT teams.

As enterprise networks continue to grow, IT teams face increasing complexity across a variety of environments. This includes the core task of building, deploying, operating, and managing applications across hybrid environments on the edge and public cloud. Cumulatively, these obstacles can lead to major performance and user experience bottlenecks caused by:

  • Latency problems that deteriorate response times for connected services, such as mobile payment processes that require rapid receipt acknowledgement
  • Inefficient process agility that can be detrimental to development speed as applications grow across locations leading to slow software updates and inconsistent platform experiences
  • Lack of visibility across workflows as IT teams are overwhelmed with operating multiple cloud environments leading to blind spots that slow down timely remediation
  • Privacy regulations that determine data residency restrictions on where the data can be physically stored

Thankfully, a robust distributed network cloud strategy can address these challenges and fast-track transformations across the enterprise. A next-generation approach can ensure that modular application components such as microservices are containerized across clusters, are easy to deploy, operate, and manage. Distributed networks perfectly align with the dynamic requirements of containerized workloads and are independent of a centralized control and visibility approach.

As a result, the workloads can be scaled and deployed within seconds or minutes as the supporting network infrastructure ensures proactive security, and responsive adjustments to load balancing, firewalls, and API gateways. However, ensuring this enhanced level of performance requires a hybrid cloud solution that provides a unified and secure approach suited for the complexities of the new age – it requires IBM Cloud Satellite.

HCL-IBM Partnership Revolutionizes the Enterprise Experience

HCL’s helps enterprises manage their applications across any environment with IBM Cloud Satellite. IBM Cloud Satellite, now generally available, enables clients to run IBM public cloud services anywhere – on IBM Cloud, on premises, in multicloud environments or at the edge – all delivered as a service. This flexibility will help bring cloud capabilities to where client data resides, in the environment of their choice, while focusing on consistency, user experience, and security. 

With its open architecture, IBM Cloud Satellite builds on IBM’s deep industry expertise and can help enterprises across a variety of industries including telecommunications, healthcare, banking, insurance, travel and transportation, transform into digital-first organizations. The need to modernize mission-critical workloads is intensifying.

According to a recent IBM Institute for Business Value report, 74% of CEOs interviewed during the COVID-19 pandemic believe cloud computing will most help their organization deliver these results over the next 2-3 years. We see a cornerstone of this transformation is in edge computing. The continued proliferation of edge devices is expected to shift the amount of data that resides at the edge compared to within central data centers. As this transition takes place, IBM Cloud Satellite is designed to bring cloud services to where clients’ data already resides -- and help them bridge to where they want to go .   

HCL is a part of IBM’s ecosystem of partners fueling hybrid cloud environments by helping clients manage and modernize workloads from bare-metal to multicloud and everything in between with Red Hat OpenShift, the industry's leading enterprise Kubernetes platform. Built on Red Hat OpenShift, IBM Cloud Satellite is engineered to give clients the flexibility to bring their applications to environments where their data resides while leveraging the security of IBM Cloud.

As a trusted service partner for IBM Cloud Satellite, HCL supports enterprises with the migration and deployment of this transformation. As one of the key strategic partners during the solution’s beta phase over the past year, HCL possesses hands-on expertise in leveraging its full capabilities for the enterprise. As a result, we can provide essential support by helping enterprise adopt cloud computing best practices across all environments while also leveraging a managed security and compliance solution. We have the skills set and technical resources required to help #enterprises set up and configure #IBM Cloud Satellite, test its capabilities, and identify, develop and deploy client-centric demos for different industries. #onehcl #ibmcloud #innovations #cloud #digital

 “With the pace of cloud adoption accelerating, companies are increasingly turning to hybrid cloud to allow them to innovate more efficiently, while maintaining high levels of security and control,” said Harish Grama, general manager, IBM Cloud. “To help facilitate this momentum, IBM is investing $1B in its ecosystem initiative over the next three years to support ecosystem partners and speed the development of platforms such as IBM Cloud Satellite. Collaborating with ecosystem partners like HCL can help offer a wider set of clients new ways of bringing IBM Cloud to where their data resides.”

IBM Cloud Satellite is designed to help clients address security, privacy, and data sovereignty requirements based on their data governance. It can address the client’s local regulations and compliance obligations by enabling them to deploy and manage applications with consistency for specific markets. IBM Cloud Satellite offers high levels of control over critical data delivered via IBM Cloud – the industry’s most secure and open public cloud for business. Moreover, it offers high levels of control over critical data and centralized policies to ease migration. Those cloud computing services can therefore be co-located with their apps and data, helping to reduce latency and taking regulatory considerations into account.

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