Does your data deserve a private cloud?

Program Director of IBM Data and AI, IBM

Your business and your data are unique. For that reason, your enterprise architecture must also be tailored to fit the exact needs of your business. When data is involved, you want choices, not tradeoffs. And, more importantly, you want your solutions to build upon and complement one another.

For most organizations, the variety of data sources and where that data should be stored are top priorities. You can’t afford to keep the data in silos or leave certain data untouched just because of its type or where it happens to sit. You need the flexibility to accesses all your data and place it in the optimal location.

Typically, the solution to this problem has been the public cloud. But what if you also have sensitive data that, due to company mandates or external regulations, needs significant levels of protection? You don’t want to trust the safety of that data to anyone else, preferring instead to take control and choose the level of security for yourself. This is where on-premises solutions have often come into play.

XData managers want choice in flexibility and security without making sacrifices. They want to benefit from the best of both options, as well as exceptional performance. At the intersection of these needs is the private cloud. Private clouds offer flexibility, just like public clouds, but they sit behind your own firewall, giving you more control. Instead of making a tradeoff, flexibility and security are provided in unison, giving you more choice when it comes to your data.

IBM has embraced the concept of private clouds because of the uniqueness of each data-related business opportunity. IBM Cloud Private delivers the features that many have come to expect in public cloud architectures with shared-resource efficiencies, utility computing and flexible scalability that delivers better total cost of ownership (TCO) and simplicity of deployment.  In addition, private cloud gives companies more options in security, compliance, and infrastructure customization. In other words, IBM Cloud Private helps to provide the flexibility and security you desire in concert with our other data-focused solutions.

For example, running IBM Db2 on IBM Cloud Private offers choice in terms of deployment flexibility and security without sacrifices. At its core, Db2 still maintains the performance that enterprise users have come to expect: It’s fast, always available, secure, and flexible. The built-in IBM BLU Acceleration MPP architecture supports in-memory speed to get insights to those that need it faster. Its compression technology increases performance while simultaneously reducing storage requirements and giving you the opportunity to reduce storage costs. None of those key features go away when Db2 is running on IBM Cloud Private, but enhancements are made in two areas. 

Data management flexibility complemented by container technology

Db2 is extremely flexible on its own. Thanks to the common SQL engine it shares with the IBM family of hybrid data management offerings, you can make use of data of various types sitting in a multitude of on-premises and on-cloud locations. The Db2 deployment is also flexible thanks to its ability to be deployed within a container. This is where the additive effect of IBM Cloud Private comes into play. IBM Cloud Private is built with two of the most popular container technologies at its base: Kubernetes and Cloud Foundry. Deploying Db2 using these technologies opens up the ability to maximize performance and efficiency by more closely aligning usage with company needs.

IBM Cloud Private also opens up the possibility of optimizing your infrastructure costs by offering the right mix of transactional (IBM Db2) and data warehousing solutions (IBM Db2 Warehouse) that adhere to the software defined architecture. This provides the flexibility of managing your infrastructure needs via simplified deployment and efficient management of the same. 

Built-in security bolstered by your own firewall

Db2 built-in security features help you deliver the protection that your customers, industry regulations, and other stakeholders demand. It begins with strong encryption capabilities included, so that you can address compliance concerns. Then it goes further to provide centralized key management, to heighten both security and ease of use. IBM Cloud Private enhances this level of security by providing more control. Since IBM Cloud Private sits behind your own firewall, it is protected by the security features you have built and integrated over the life of your company. Perhaps most importantly though, you get to decide what level of security you need and adjust as necessary. The choice is in your hands.

IBM Db2 running on IBM Cloud Private delivers on the idea of choice without tradeoffs, cloud flexibility with on-premises security. Using IBM Cloud Private takes the extraordinary performance, flexibility, and security customers are accustomed to with Db2 and improves them.

To learn more about IBM Cloud Private and all the ways in which Db2 can benefit from running on that platform, read our solution brief. You can also attend our webinar and hear from the experts.