This article was written by guest author Walter Falk, Global Business Development Executive for IBM Cloud Foundation Services.

A growing number of businesses are adopting hybrid cloud environments, where some workloads run on-premises and/or a private cloud environment and other workloads run in the public cloud. According to a recent Gartner study the number of businesses with hybrid infrastructure is close to 75 percent.

Hybrid cloud capabilities have become key for enterprises seeking the ability to link data and workloads across multiple cloud environments or combine external data with on-premises, traditional IT infrastructure. 

And yet, despite rapid adoption of the cloud and the many benefits it brings to businesses, enterprise use of public cloud services has made managing IT costs more complicated than ever. 

A Question of Cost

Tracking and managing an organization’s use of cloud services isn’t possible through invoices captured in spreadsheets, which offer little insight into consumption and fully loaded costs. Without this information, you aren’t able to make informed decisions about how cloud investments are changing the business.

According to a recent survey by 451 Research, 25 percent of enterprise cloud consumers surveyed do not do any cost analysis on their use of cloud services, and 33 percent are not confident they have good control over their costs. Even more unsettling, 50 percent of respondents were performing their cost analysis in a spreadsheet – a brittle, time consuming, and error prone practice.

CIOs and CFOs need cost transparency to understand the total cost of ownership of multiple cloud implementations – whether they be public, hybrid or on-premises environments. And they need the ability to analyze these costs in a way that help business leaders tie consumption to costs.

IBM SoftLayer and Apptio 

For this reason, we’re pleased to have IBM’s SoftLayer cloud infrastructure integrated with Apptio. This integration will enable Apptio customers to automatically see their their Softlayer spend within their TBM applications for analysis. This integration will also provide our enterprise clients with the ability to accurately track and report consumption, understand total cost of ownership, and provide better guidance to their businesses. 

With a detailed understanding of total cloud investment, customers of SoftLayer & Apptio can accelerate their adoption of the cloud and bring additional innovation to their partners in the business. 

One of the key benefits we expect from this integration is that Enterprise customers will be able to see and better understand the cost benefits of Softlayer Bare Metal vs. Multitenant Public cloud. Most applications have a steady-state workload, which doesn't make sense for a virtual machine that you're renting by the hour.  

The new integration with Apptio’s TBM suite allows for out-of-the-box integration and improved costing capabilities that gives our joint enterprise customers an easy way to understand, manage, and optimize their cloud investments. 

The IBM Cloud Team sees great value for our Enterprise customers to adopt TBM. The investment from Apptio in creating greater cost transparency for our customers is something that we are very supportive of, and we look forward to continuing the recently initiated collaboration with Apptio.

Walter Falk is the Global Business Development Executive for IBM Cloud Foundation Services.


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