Where are you in your Cloud Journey?

IaaS – Infrastructure as a Service

MaaS – Machine as a Service

PaaS – Platform as a Service

Most IT organizations deal with complex and siloed infrastructure that require large teams of highly skilled specialists to keep them up and running. These legacy environments force teams to spend a disproportionate amount of time on tending to infrastructure, and less on applications and services. IBM Power Systems clients who have typically relied upon on-premises-only infrastructure can now quickly and economically extend their Power IT resources into the cloud.

Avoid the large capital expense or added risk when migrating your essential workloads and get started with IBM Cloud today.

An IBM Cloud integrates your IBM AIX, IBM i & Linux capabilities into the IBM Cloud experience. That means you get fast, self-service provisioning, flexible management both on-premises and off, and access to a stack of enterprise IBM Cloud services – all with pay-as-you-use billing that lets you easily scale up and out. A user can purchase an AIX or IBM i Power VM based Virtual Machine as a Service on IBM Cloud. IBM manages up to OS deployment and the client self manages the OS and up.

You can quickly deploy a Power Systems Virtual Server to meet your specific business needs. With a Power Systems Virtual Server, you can create a hybrid cloud environment that allows you to easily control workload demands.

IBM Power Systems Virtual Server on IBM Cloud uses the existing IBM Cloud platform to create IBM Power Systems Virtual Server on IBM Cloud, also known as logical partitions (LPAR), that run on IBM Power Systems hardware with the PowerVM hypervisor.

IBM Power Systems Virtual Server on IBM Cloud is a form of infrastructure as a service (IaaS). With the Power Systems Virtual Server service, you can quickly create and deploy one or multiple virtual servers that are running either the AIX or IBM i operating systems in a public cloud.

Current AIX and IBM i clients can use IBM Power Systems Virtual Server on IBM Cloud for a number of workload scenarios, including disaster recovery, development environments, and partial IT infrastructure moves. IBM Power Systems Virtual Server on IBM Cloud clients can stay competitive with the scaling of their infrastructure and remain flexible with their workload management and capacity both on- and off-premise. And since the infrastructure layer is identical, system administrators who run on-premises AIX and IBM i systems today can use their same tools, workflows, and enhancements in the cloud.

Straigtforward Billing

The Power Systems Virtual Server uses a monthly billing rate that includes the licenses for the AIX and IBM i operating systems. The monthly billing rate is pro-rated by the hour based on the resources that are deployed to the Power Systems Virtual Server instance for the month. When you create the Power Systems Virtual Server instance, you can see the total cost for your configuration based on the options that you specify. You can quickly identify what configuration options provide you with the best value for your business needs.

Infrastructure customization

  • Number of virtual server instances
  • Number of cores
  • Amount of memory
  • Data volume size and type (HDD or SSD)
  • Private or public network

Hybrid Cloud Environment

You can use the Power Systems Virtual Servers to run any AIX or IBM i workloads off-premise from your existing Power Systems hardware infrastructure. Running your workloads in the public cloud allows you to enjoy all the advantages the cloud has to offer such as self-service, fast delivery, elasticity, and connectivity to other IBM Cloud services. Although your AIX and IBM i workloads are running in the cloud, you still keep the same scalable, resilient, production-ready features that Power Systems Hardware provides.

Workloads are Returning on-Premise

In IDC’s 2018 Cloud and AI Adoption Survey, 85% of respondents said they were planning to move 50% of their cloud-based workloads back on-premises.

On-Premise Private Clouds are Growing

What if you could combine the ease-of-management and usability of the public cloud, with the security, control, and performance of on-premises infrastructure?

Unlike traditional datacenters, private clouds can serve a multitude of customers and use cases – including internal application teams who need the ability to quickly provision new IT environments and services. Building the right private cloud serves as an on-ramp to a hybrid cloud future.

Over 79% of IT leaders are investing in private cloud now, a trend that continues to grow.

Source: Forrester Analytics: Private Cloud Solutions Forecast, Feb 2019.

The public cloud is well positioned to address some of the pains of infrastructure management. However, it is not suitable for all workloads that businesses rely upon, due to:

  • Data Gravity & Legacy Apps which make migrations hard
  • Regulatory Concerns that limit where data is hosted
  • Unpredictable Costs caused by limitless resources and egress charges
  • Loss of Control that prevents custom approaches to securing apps and data

What’s needed is a hybrid approach — one that includes on-premises datacenters and the public cloud to support the entire range of business needs.

The right business outcomes are what really matter to your enterprise. With the IBM solution for Private Cloud you can tap into game-changing outcomes that help you run your business more efficiently, compete more effectively, and transform your infrastructure to drive results quickly.

Expect to gain a competitive edge with:

  • Agility. Your IT team will be able to support business initiatives on time, every time.
  • Scalability. Your cloud grows with your business, on-demand and non-disruptively.
  • Simplicity. Your teams are empowered to control the entire stack, increase productivity and quality, and operate clouds with ease.

IBM Cloud allows IT organizations to standardize upon software-defined infrastructure that is simpler to acquire, deploy, manage and scale out as business needs grow, without sacrificing reliability and security. IBM Cloud solutions deliver applications, services, and data at any scale, with advanced automation and self-service capabilities that bring cloud simplicity and agility to enterprise datacenters.

Please contact me to learn more about IBM Public, Private or Hybrid Cloud offerings to determine which Cloud solution would provide you with the best value for your business needs.

Jim Howell, CleanSlate Technology Group Systems Architect, Jim.Howell@cleanslatetg.com

Have you heard of IBM Cloud Object Storage?

Have you heard of IBM Cloud Object Storage?

The IBM Cloud Object Storage (COS) System is a breakthrough cloud platform that helps solve petabyte and beyond storage challenges for companies worldwide. Enterprises that need to store large volumes of unstructured data must look beyond their current storage solutions and evaluate new approaches. IBM Cloud Object Storage provides organizations the flexibility, scale and simplicity required to store, manage and access today’s rapidly growing unstructured data in a hybrid cloud environment.


IBM COS software has been tried and tested at web-scale with production deployments exceeding up to 100 PBs of capacity at multiple customers, and the ability to scale to Exabytes (EB) while maintaining reliability, availability, manageability, and remaining more cost-effective. Whether your current needs are less than a Petabyte (PB), 10 PBs, or hundreds of PBs, the IBM COS solution can help meet that requirement due to the scalability capabilities.


From built-in encryption of data at rest and in motion to a range of authentication and access control options, the IBM COS solution includes a wide range of capabilities designed to help you meet your security requirements. These security capabilities have been implemented to help enable better security without compromising scalability, availability, ease of management, or economic efficiency.

Reliability and Availability

In an IBM COS System, the reliability and availability characteristics of the system are configurable. For extremely demanding applications, reliability of 16 nines and availability of 8 nines can be provided. More commonly, customers can configure for more typical levels of reliability and availability and potentially achieve economic savings as a result. The configuration of the IBM COS System allows you to choose the combination of reliability, availability, and economic efficiency that best suits your requirements. Data durability is designed to be maintained over time by built-in integrity checking and self-repair capabilities.


The manageability of an IBM COS System helps enable storage administrators to handle up to 15X the storage capacity, freeing time for them to invest in other tasks. The IBM COS System is designed to provide always-on availability and can continue to serve storage applications while completing tasks that would require scheduled downtime in the majority of traditional storage systems. Software upgrades, hardware maintenance, storage capacity expansion, hardware refresh and physical relocation of the storage system are all supported with virtually zero downtime.


IBM COS’s software defined storage solution requires no IBM specific or proprietary hardware. Using IBM COS software with industry standard hardware systems helps enable an IT organization to potentially achieve a significantly lower cost per usable terabyte curve helping the organization to economically manage rapidly increasing storage capacity requirements.


• Scalability that offers a single storage system and namespace versus an ever-increasing number of limited-
capacity storage silos
• Security features include a wide range of capabilities designed to help meet security requirements
• Reliability and availability characteristics of the system are configurable to best suit the customer’s requirements
• Manageability that helps enable storage administrators to handle large storage capacity
• Flexibility of a defined storage solution that does not require specific or proprietary hardware


IBM COS systems can achieve TCO savings of up to 80 percent compared to most traditional storage systems as well as public cloud storage. TCO savings reflect not only reduced acquisition cost, but saving on power, cooling, and space due to the smaller hardware footprint, as well as lower manpower costs in storage management and operations.


By taking the methods that the Internet used for data networking and applying them to data storage, dispersed storage is designed to allow companies to store massive amounts of content (video, audio, photo, text) securely and reliably.


Organizations need content storage that can be distributed across their infrastructure to effectively store and distribute content. IBM COS provides a high-availability environment, long-term file integrity and access, and authentication enforcement. Whether organizations have less active, fixed, or frequently accessed content that users are collaborating on, IBM COS offers a security-rich, reliable and cost-effective approach. A shared content storage repository can be accessed in a safeguarded manner by people inside or outside of an organization, enabling collaboration across geographies.

Is IBM COS right for your organization?

Use the following checklist to determine whether your organization could benefit from dispersed storage:
• Do you have applications that require long-term retention of data?
• Does the data consist of large, unstructured objects such as images, movies, and documents?
• Do you have 500 usable terabytes or more of this data?
• Do you have requirements for data security, availability, scalability, and cost-effectiveness?
• Do you have the infrastructure required to support dispersed storage, including:
– Network connectivity?
– High-quality bandwidth (if geo-dispersed)?

For more information on IBM Cloud Object Storage (COS), please contact:
Jim Howell, Systems Architect
866-885-3249 Ext. 904

End of Support is not the End of the Road

Is your IBM Hardware reaching End of Support? If so, there’s still time to protect your withdrawn equipment with an IBM Hardware Support Extension! 

Blog by Jim Howell, CleanSlate Systems Architect

There are many reasons why you or your customers might keep withdrawn machines operating in a production environment. Purchasing delays, development and test cycles, or lagging migration projects are a few of these reasons. But maintaining and repairing withdrawn equipment on your own can significantly increase a range of operational risks 

and maintenance costs. Third party providers can be scarce, expensive and may take more time than necessary to get parts or perform repairs. IBM Technology Support Services offers hardware extension support for withdrawn equipment. By using this extension support, you can continue to protect your current hardware investment at a more affordable cost while planning your budget more effectively. No one knows your hardware environment better than IBM.  

Keep your IBM equipment productive after withdrawal with an IBM Hardware Support Extension from CleanSlate Technology Group.

An IBM Hardware Support Extension maintenance solution helps reduce risk and protect your technology investments so you can:


  • Continue using existing servers, storage units and other hardware more affordably
  • Gain more time to complete technology upgrades and migrations
  • Acquire additional time for better capital expenditures and budget planning
  • Avoid business delays, lost data, sales revenue declines, compliance challenges and decreased staff productivity
  • Retain shareholder trust, consumer confidence and customer loyalty
  • Support your IT infrastructure while keeping IT staff focused on more productive, business-critical goals
  • Enjoy the peace of mind that comes from knowing your withdrawn technology is still protected

Do you have hardware other than IBM in your Data Center?

No worries! We can help with that too!

Ask us about IBM Multi-Vendor IT Support Services (MVS).

MVS can help you simplify IT support management by streamlining multiple OEM and vendor contracts to a single 

vendor with the expertise to care for all your technology support needs, improve availability, resolve issues quickly and reduce outages with IBM’s proactive, reactive, onsite and remote support for your multi-vendor data center and across your IT environment.

Platinum IBM Business Partner CleanSlate Technology Group and IBM are ready to develop an agreement that matches your requirements regardless of the size of your enterprise.

Help reduce risk and protect your technology investments. Your IT environment might be complex, but supporting it doesn’t have to be.

Avoid gaps in coverage or to find out if your hardware is going End Of Support (EOS) by contacting CleanSlate now!