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IBM Introduces New Services to Automate Cloud Migration



IBM today launched new services to help businesses accelerate the complex process of migrating and modernizing applications to cloud and adopt a hybrid, multicloud strategy to speed up their business transformation. With new features available in the IBM Cloud Migration Factory, IBM Services is introducing new automation tools to reduce the time of moving and modernizing an organization’s infrastructure, data, applications and workloads.

Most companies today are in the early phases of their cloud journey. As companies look to innovate business models and processes in the next phase of their journey, they need an open approach to developing, running and deploying applications in a multicloud environment. According to research by IBM’s Institute for Business Value, 98 percent of surveyed organizations plan to use multiple hybrid clouds by 20211.

The secure, seamless migration from an organization’s existing infrastructure to the cloud can be a daunting process, typically requiring a multi-pronged approach that includes re-hosting, re-platforming, re-architecting and modernization that can take weeks to a few months depending on the readiness and volume of applications to migrate. In creating hybrid and multicloud based environments, companies face the challenge of needing to move and manage high volumes of data, services and workflows without causing disruption to business. Adequate insights on migration patterns, risks and dependencies are needed to craft a reliable, executable and fast migration approach.

The IBM Cloud Migration Factory is powered by IBM’s Cloud Innovate methodology to move applications to cloud and modernize portfolios on a cloud platform. IBM Services has completed more than 100,000 migrations and helped clients choose the right cloud adoption strategy while providing multicloud platform support. Now, with new automated discovery tools, AI capabilities and accelerators, IBM Cloud Migration Factory gathers insights that allow IBM Services to gain a better understanding a client’s IT environment and properly map where to move applications and data to help avoid disruption to the business.

This new toolset includes deep insights algorithms based on learnings from years of complex migration and modernizations that help improve planning accuracy and reduce risks by uncovering dependencies and technical and process challenges much earlier in the lifecycle. With these innovative capabilities, IBM Cloud Migration Factory enables smoother and faster cloud adoption across multiple platforms.

The IBM Cloud Migration Factory takes advantage of cloud expertise, services and solutions across IBM to address the entire cloud migration and modernization transformation life cycle with an open and consistent approach that includes embedding automation and a reusable library of migration patterns. Drawing on years of IBM experience in migration and IT transformation and mission critical applications, this unified method, process and tool set simplifies cloud migration, better preparing companies to move to the cloud and drive innovation faster.

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