IBM, CSC Team Up To Move Enterprise Systems to the Cloud

IBM is providing mainframe-focused resources to help move CSC clients to the cloud in a new partnership.

Those resources are IBM's Cloud Managed Services for z Systems, or IBM Cloud for z, along with associated mainframe hardware, software, monitoring and governance support. In a joint announcement, IBM and CSC said the partnership will target CSC clients "who are moving to the cloud and want a more secure, scalable, flexible information technology infrastructure at significantly reduced operational costs."

According to the IBM Cloud Managed Services for z Systems Web site in the IBM Marketplace, the offering "extends the mainframe to a scalable, security-rich cloud helping you easily adapt to changing business needs."

The partnership was formed after an earlier announcement that CSC clients could access the IBM Cloud as an option included with CSC's IT services. That resulted in CSC's Agility Platform being integrated with the IBM Cloud to provide the advantages of hybrid cloud computing along with about 10,000 available applications to CSC customers.

In the joint announcement last week, IBM and CSC said the new partnership will:

  • Enable the right level of computing resources and dynamically adjust capability levels as client needs change.
  • Provide a predictable pricing model offering increased flexibility.
  • Offer high levels of secure computing, coupled with configurable options of high availability that can help reduce business risk.
  • Reduce total cost of computing and IT operations by using a shared infrastructure for software, server, disk and tape needs.

"Many clients are looking for ways to make historically fixed cost more variable to migrate from legacy platforms to modernized applications and to a cloud enabled infrastructure," said CSC exec Stephen Hilton in a statement. "As a solution independent integrator, CSC is uniquely positioned to leverage transformative services like the IBM Cloud for z to benefit our clients. This new cloud-based service expands our cloud offering and is a natural evolution of our long-standing alliance with IBM. We are very excited to be providing our clients greater choice and capital flexibility when transforming legacy computing to a cloud-like service, and delighted that our close partnership with IBM has enabled us to bring this transformative offering to market."

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David Ramel is the editor of Visual Studio Magazine.