Together with Flexera, IBM extends its AI-powered automation strategy to help enterprises simplify IT asset management in hybrid and multi-cloud environments
March 15, 2022
ARMONK, NY, March 15, 2022 /PRNewswire/ –IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced new solutions with IT management software company Flexera and IBM Turbonomic Application Resource Management (ARM) to help organizations use automation to streamline IT asset management. The new solutions aim to help companies reduce costs and automate increasingly complex software license compliance and optimization tasks.
IT business leaders have reported that IT asset management has become a complex, costly and time-consuming task for enterprises as they continue to adopt a hybrid multi-cloud strategy with software and applications running in public environments. , private and on-site. A Flexera study found that 34% of a typical IT spending budget is spent on software and SaaS applications, but nearly half of respondents said they need to focus on how to better manage these products and improve the recovery of underused or unused products. For this reason, companies can face significant financial penalties if licenses are found to be non-compliant or if they use too many or too few resources.
The challenge is exacerbated by the skills gap that many businesses face. According to Gartner®, responding IT leaders cited talent availability as the top adoption risk factor for the majority of IT automation technologies (75%). Businesses need IT expertise to manage automation technologies.
To help organizations overcome these challenges, IBM and Flexera have developed integrations with Turbonomic ARM and Flexera One to help visualize their on-premises, SaaS and cloud computing assets. Organizations can then automate manual software licensing and resource optimization tasks. Turbonomic ARM is designed to continuously monitor and help improve application performance and governance by dynamically allocating resources to applications in hybrid and multi-cloud environments to reduce costs. The combination of Turbonomic ARM, together with software license data, usage data and information from Flexera One, is designed to help companies mitigate the risk of penalties for software non-compliance to minimize surprise billings . The integrated solution also helps identify areas of underutilization so businesses can find ways to balance overall costs and ensure their resources are optimized for performance.
“IT professionals have what is in theory a simple mandate, to maintain and improve IT operations. But in the face of labor shortages, geographic disruptions, security threats, spikes in demand, to environmental pressures and more, we know fulfilling this mandate is something but simple, in fact the complexity is only growing,” said Dinesh Nirmal, Managing Director, IBM Automation. “IBM’s collaboration with Flexera adds to our automation portfolio and complements our strategic acquisitions of Turbonomic and Instana, along with years of AI research and development to provide organizations with a one-stop shop of computing capabilities and solutions. automation designed to meet these complex challenges. .”
“Through this collaboration, we have the opportunity to provide customers with a seamless experience using an AI-based technology value optimization solution,” said jim ryan, President and CEO of Flexera. “Flexera and IBM provide a dashboard with real-time insights and insightful cost optimization. We can now help our customers adapt their software portfolio to today’s complex IT environments, with applications deployed across multiple clouds, data centers and architectures.
In addition to the new integration with Turbonomic ARM, IBM is also launching Flexera One with IBM Observability to provide organizations with a complete solution, backed by IBM support and service level agreements, to monitor and visualize their entire fleet of cloud software, applications and infrastructure. and on-site environments. Flexera One with IBM Observability will be available as a SaaS solution on March 18, 2022.
Additionally, IBM Software customers can now use Flexera One’s IT Asset Management component with IBM Observability or Flexera’s Flexera One as a certified option to manage their software licenses from IBM alongside other vendors with a single solution. .
Last year, IBM acquired Turbonomic to provide enterprises with comprehensive application observability and management to ensure performance, minimize costs and optimize resources, such as containers, virtual machines, servers , storage, networks and databases. Organizations such as The Capita Group use Turbonomic to ensure application performance.
“Turbonomic’s automation platform enables us as a company to transform into a more agile service provider,” said Jerry Aherne, Head of Infrastructure Operations, The Capita Group. “It has allowed us to make proactive, informed decisions that ensure application performance above all else while ensuring that costs are kept to a minimum.”
To learn more about today’s announcement, visit https://www.ibm.com/cloud/aiops.
Flexera is part of IBM’s partner ecosystem, which positions partners of all types – whether they rely on, maintain or resell IBM’s hybrid cloud and AI technologies and platforms – to help customers manage and modernize workloads.
For more information on IBM’s AI-powered automation, visit https://www.ibm.com/cloud/automation.
For more information about Flexera, please visit https://www.flexera.com.
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