Whitepaper - Bridging to the Cloud: The Right Database Makes The Difference

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Provided by: IBM
Topic: Data Management
Format: HTML
For increasing numbers of organizations, the new reality for development, deployment and delivery of applications and services is hybrid cloud. Few, if any, organizations are going to move all their strategic workloads to the cloud, but virtually every enterprise is embracing cloud for a wide variety of requirements.

In fact, hybrid cloud is the new normal for IT. IDC says more than 80 percent of enterprise IT organizations will commit to hybrid cloud by 2017,1 and 70 percent of IT decision-makers say they will always have a mix of traditional IT and cloud architectures.2 With important applications and workloads deployed across both on-premises and hybrid, public and private cloud environments, business and IT stakeholders must be able to access data with equal efficiency, reliability and speed—regardless of physical location, infrastructure type or time frame.

To accelerate innovation, improve the IT delivery economic model and reduce risk, organizations need to combine data and experience in a cognitive model that yields deeper and more meaningful insights for smarter decisionmaking. Whether the user needs a data set maintained in house for customer analytics or access to a cloud-based data store for assessing marketing program results—or any other business need—a high-performance, highly available, mixed-load database platform is required. The platform must enable fast data access in a security-rich, highly available and scalable manner, regardless of whether the data resides in a data center, departmental virtual server or on any type of cloud infrastructure

This paper outlines what readers should consider when making a strategic commitment to a database platform that will act as a bridge from legacy environments to the cloud.
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