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12 Jun 2020
Transitioning your IBM application

Transparency is key when transitioning your IBM Power applications to the cloud

We all know the benefits that come with moving to the cloud. It can be a more flexible, accessible and secure way of managing your system, allowing you to scale at short notice and operate remotely. Yet it can also be a daunting prospect for some.

Owing to employee turnover and gaps in expertise, many companies don’t actually know which IBM applications they have, let alone how to transition them. How can you move infrastructure to another environment if you don’t even know what’s there?

It’s entirely possible, with the help of the experts at Blue Chip.

“One of the key benefits of opting for the Blue Chip Cloud is that we’ve got the skills and expertise to be able to help our customers audit what they already have,” explains Darren Smith. “And for those who don’t know, we can help them to identify them.”

When it comes to IBM Power, Blue Chip’s expertise is unparalleled. We are an IBM Platinum Business Partner and have transitioned and consolidated IBM workloads from 150 countries around the world into our Tier III and Tier IV by design data centres. This is not restricted to the AIX and IBM i platforms on IBM Power Systems, it also includes Linux, Microsoft, IBM z/OS as well as AIX & IBM i alongside Public Cloud , all in a highly available topology.

We work across a variety of verticals too, so are used to dealing with a wide spectrum of different needs and requirements. As well as powering large brands in the financial and banking industry, we support retail, healthcare and the creative industries.

“We’ve been migrating IBM Power customers from all over the world into our cloud environment and supporting IBM systems since 1987,” says Blue Chip’s Client Director, Matthew Bailey. “Together, our employees have thousands of years of combined experience.”

Unlike some of our competitors, we’ve been able to operate at full capacity during the coronavirus lockdown.

“A couple of years ago we upgraded to a software-defined data centre,” explains Chris Smith, Blue Chip’s Director of Sales & Marketing.

“We’re continually investing in the networking, storage, compute capacities and the automation and orchestration software to keep it Industry leading.”

These investments enabled them to deliver systems almost 100% remotely.

How long does a migration take?

“We can migrate a customer’s data and have them testing within hours,” says Matthew. “The migration itself depends on how long their own testing procedure is. We deliver a true cloud service, so the customer doesn’t have to wait for infrastructure to be procured.“

“When they say go, we’re ready to go.”

Darren Smith, Blue Chip’s Enterprise Architect, also explains that while the length of the migration depends on the size and complexity of the IBM applications in question, it’s regularly done in two hours. The aim is always to work to the customer’s time frame and to minimise or eliminate downtime by ensuring everything is up and running by the next working day.

 “A lot of planning goes into the migration which is where the Migration Team comes in”, explains Darren. “Each customer is allocated a dedicated team who will work closely with them to find out what their timescales are and how long they can afford to be offline for.”

“The team will also group applications into physical and virtual system bundles so things can be run in parallel to optimise time. Meticulous planning in this way ensures we have a clear strategy with contingencies in place ahead of time. Of course, we’ll also have done the test migration in advance to make sure everything works.”

To find out more about how Blue Chip can transition, manage and maintain your IBM Power Systems in the Blue Chip Cloud, get in touch with our team today.

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This article was written by Kate Tattersfield.

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