IBM Hybrid Cloud

The industry is accelerating to the Cloud but what does it mean for Power Systems and for IBM i?
Cloud has fundamentally changed the way IT builds apps, delivers services, consumes compute power and software, and provides near-instant access to pay-for-use resources and cloud-based platforms for application innovation and delivery. At the same time, cloud is disrupting the traditional models of IT operations and management, leaving most IT leaders searching for a solution that provides optimal:

  • Security, control and compliance
  • Centralized management for heterogeneous data centre
  • Balance between on and off-prem resources for rapid app dev and delivery

How does this affect IBM i users? Many IBM i users are considering cloud options for private cloud environments, public clouds or even a hybrid cloud environment for their businesses. Using IBM Power based solutions, Life IT (www.lifeit.co.uk/infrastructure/system-i) designs end-to-end cloud options unique to the industry, confirming our commitment to helping clients implement cloud environments with security, control and compliance.
The new cloud models of Power Servers (E870C and E880C) which run IBM i, deliver significant advantages with superior economics allowing clients to reduce operating costs while taking advantage of cloud technical services that only IBM and IBM POWER8 can bring to the table.
Clients can swiftly, and safely connect core business data to cloud applications and services. Features such as access to Bluemix for building, deploying and testing applications (including Watson), and access to SoftLayer for 12 months are both included in this new offering and come with the new POWER8 models.
Many exciting new capabilities are coming to IBM Power and with POWER8 technology’s benefits, Life IT’s clients can be competitive in the cloud. To learn more about these new capabilities, our team can provide a customised blueprint to implement the most suitable Power cloud solution and provide insight on how all of these new features could fit and enhance your system within your existing environment. This is all included as a part of the Power Enterprise Systems for Cloud.
For more information, contact the Life IT team on 01625 547979 or email: info@lifeit.co.uk.

What others say about us

“Without the professional and expert support of Life IT, we wouldn’t have had the quality product we now have. They gently but insistently pushed the boundaries of our assumptions during the analysis phase, getting us to challenge our mind-sets and think outside the box. They then worked seamlessly as part of our team and delivered to time and to budget – no mean feat”.

James Hacking
Head of Technical Services—HCSS

“As we’d already invested significantly in Lotus Notes and Domino, a solution that built on our existing investment and skills was ideal. Life IT understood what was important to us and delivered a solution that met our needs. We’ve already seen the number of ‘distress calls’ to the sales office reduce as our sales managers can easily access customer data off line wherever they are and we’ve had positive feedback all round about the ability to update their call reports instantly on the road.”

Colin Mosley
Head of IT—Polyflor

“The Life IT solution has provided us with a significant reduction in support and maintenance costs and is an easy to use, more resilient and more easily maintainable system. As a business that handles thousands of transactions a day from 12 different own brand or white label websites it was vital that the whole process was seamless and, with the renewal of the support and maintenance contract from our existing supplier looming, it was also vital that the project came in on deadline. Life IT achieved this and more as they provided us with additional MI functionality and supported our staff whilst transferring their skills.’

Andrew Kirkham
Head of IT Development—DLR

“Life IT are doing a great job providing a very professional and efficient service. They are almost silently efficient and just get things done – only escalating issues when necessary. Their expertise in the AS400 is a key strength ensuring a real depth to their service and they keep us up to date with advances in technology too. So from an AS400 perspective I have very little to worry about.”

John Geary
IT Service Delivery Manager

“After the restructure I was left with a critical resource gap which quickly needed filling, having worked with Life IT before I gave them a call. Their response was swift and efficient. They now work as a virtual Center Parcs help desk team providing a strength and depth of support. Their flexible working based on a time bank system is real value for money. So not only do I get an expert and efficient service, I have reduced my resource costs!”

Kerry Moakes
Head of IT—Center Parcs

“We wanted flexible support to ensure 24/7 cover and Life IT worked with us to deliver this. Life IT has become integrated into the Bentley way of working and their role has expanded into looking at the technical side of the application as well as the support. “Our relationship has been built up over a significant period of time and both sides have worked hard to develop a supplier/customer relationship that can be used as a model throughout Bentley. We are now in the position where we have a pro-active partnership, Life IT are treated as part of Bentley, and that is a credit to them”.

Chris Sayers
Senior IS Manager—Bentley Motors

Support options

From full 24 by 7 operations to month end support and holiday cover, we can tailor a fixed price solution to fit seamlessly with your IT department.

So we offer a wide range of technical support services including IBM i, System P, Domino and SQL Server, to proactively monitor the availability and performance of your systems within a fixed price contract.

The key to our Application Support is that it’s ‘tailored’ to your exact requirements, with the flexibility to increase the resources and hours of cover as required.

With a Life support contract, you have access to a multi-skilled team with hardware, operating system and application skills as well as the latest IBM i certifications.

We provide any combination of application, operational and technical support, no matter how current your environment is and no matter how long support is projected for.

Life IT offer bespoke managed Microsoft SQL Server support services which are tailored to our customer’s requirements to ensure their systems are optimized, stable and secure, as well as prepared for future upgrades and updates.

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