ITpoint expands its cloud infrastructure with the latest IBM POWER9 technology20. August 2018
As a premier cloud service provider, ITpoint is investing throughout Switzerland in the recently launched IBM POWER9 processors and expanding its service catalogue to include additional services. ITpoint clients can now benefit from an even wider range of services than those offered by large, international cloud providers. As top client, the international RONAL Group was quick to implement the new platform.
ITpoint’s cloud and managed services concept - bundled under the ORIA brand - was already using IBM Power systems in addition to Intel-based machines; however, up until recently the company has been focused on the IBM i operating system. Now, with the newly implemented POWER9 server generation, ITpoint can provide the AIX and Linux on Power operating systems as managed services via the cloud model as well.
Before expanding its infrastructure, ITpoint spent time gaining additional knowledge and adapting to the ISO 20000-certified service management system. Additionally, the company has signed new partnerships with TeamWork Schweiz AG and Trivadis AG to provide SAP S/4HANA and Oracle databases as a service from the IBM Power architecture.
With its managed services and cloud technology, ITpoint primarily targets SMEs that are looking for customized Swiss IT services and a partnership-based approach. For Philippe Wettstein, chief managed services officer at ITpoint, managed services are an excellent match for IBM-server technology. ‘There’s no need for us to try to copy the highly standardized, international services provided by American cloud giants. Customized services are much more suitable, and we’ve found that clients who use applications that run on IBM Power typically have specific needs.’
Philippe Wettstein, CMSO bei ITpoint, sees IBM Power architecture as a way to differentiate his company from the American cloud giants.