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IBM launches IBM Z and Cloud Modernization Center for hybrid cloud

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IBM has unveiled its IBM Z and Cloud Modernization Center, a digital front door to a vast array of tools, training, resources and ecosystem partners.

The new solution aims to help IBM Z clients accelerate the modernisation of their applications, data and processes in an open hybrid cloud architecture.

"The world class reliability and security of IBM's Z solutions have contributed significantly to the mainframe's remarkable longevity and business value for enterprise customers," said Charles King, president and principal analyst at PUND-IT.

"With the new IBM Z and Cloud Modernization Center, IBM and its partners are providing customers the tools, resources and training they need to successfully modernise and transform mainframe-based applications, data and processes in hybrid cloud environments, and thus maximise their IBM Z investments."

At present, many IBM Z clients are running on modern infrastructure but to fully maximise the benefits of hybrid cloud, organisations must continue to modernise their applications and data.

With the IBM Z and Cloud Modernization Center, clients can get insights on maintaining their current IT estate, while focusing on the design and execution of a strategy for their core applications and data running on IBM Z to prepare for hybrid cloud.

"Until now, global businesses that run on IBM Z have had limited choices for a one-stop shop for information and steps to take toward modernization," said Meredith Stowell (pictured), VP of IBM Z Ecosystem. 

"IBM deeply understands the IBM Z environment, cloud ecosystem and the industries that rely on us, and we've brought together all the elements needed to help our clients adopt hybrid cloud in one place."

The main features of the IBM Z Cloud and Modernization Center include, domain-specific IBM expertise, including IBM Consulting assets, expertise and methodologies.  It also offers a strategic ecosystem of global services and technology partners, such as systems integrators Capgemini and Deloitte Consulting, as well as technology partners including, Episode Six; Fiorano Software; Fujitsu Limited, Software Business Unit; HEXANIKA; Illumio; Luxoft, a DXC Technology Company; MuleSoft; Pennant Technologies; Software AG; Suntec Business Solutions; and Zafin.

The solution also offers additional resources such as links to a learning hub, a reference centre with client use cases, analyst papers and other materials.