Google partners with IBM to bring IBM Power Systems over to Google Cloud
As Google Cloud brings more and more businesses over to its platform, the tech giant needs provide companies a way to ease into their service. A lot of businesses have massive legacy infrastructures and databases that they can’t get rid of or effortlessly move to the cloud and a good number of those workloads run on IBM servers, which in turn run on Power Systems. This was a problem when IBM had something of a monopoly on could-based services for its Power Systems, but now, Google is helping to change the game by working together with IBM and launching IBM Power Systems on Google Cloud.
“Enterprises looking to the cloud to modernize their existing infrastructure and streamline their business processes have many options,” writes Kevin Ichhpurani, Google Cloud’s corporate VP for its global ecosystem. “At one end of the spectrum, some organizations are re-platforming entire legacy systems to adopt the cloud. Many others, however, want to continue leveraging their existing infrastructure while still benefiting from the cloud’s flexible consumption model, scalability, and new advancements in areas like artificial intelligence, machine learning, and analytics.”
Power Systems support blends perfectly into this ideology, given the fact that many businesses still use them for SAP and Oracle applications and databases which are mission-critical. By taking advantage of Google and IBM’s integration, these workloads can be gradually moved to the cloud, sans the necessity to re-work their infrastructure from the ground up.
Although the partnership is good for enterprises, it is somewhat strange to see IBM work with Google to bring its servers to a competitor’s service, due to the fact that IBM offers its own cloud platform, albeit, the hardware firm will surely see a rise in Power server sales due to the move. From Google’s point of view, the partnership is a win-win as the tech behemoth naturally stands to benefit from an increase of traffic on its Cloud platform, and as the companies get used to the platform, they will eventually bring other workloads over to it as well.