March 30, 2021 By Deon Newman 3 min read

How IBM Cloud is delivering innovation and value through new solutions.

Evolving your business quickly to support the shifting needs of your customers is of more importance than ever. Cloud technology addresses key requirements by offering the flexibility and agility needed to respond swiftly. Businesses can leverage the cloud to minimize operational complexities through application modernization and focus resource attention on innovation rather than systems management, compliance and security risks. This enables better outcomes and best-in-class experiences for your customers so that they are also positioned to innovate freely.

Every organization has its own business challenges to consider. This understanding is at the center of the IBM approach to delivering on the hybrid cloud challenge — meeting you where you are in your journey. This hybrid cloud approach is flexible and custom to your business needs, allowing collaboration with other cloud providers as you require. The IBM Cloud is open, secure and allows you to protect existing investments, build on legacy applications and infrastructure or phase them out at your own pace. It is backed by proven industry expertise and built with security, governance and compliance at the core.

Here is a glimpse of what you can expect from IBM Cloud in 2021:

IBM Cloud Satellite

The future of cloud is distributed. Many organizations operate in multi and mixed IT and cloud environments, including on-premises, public cloud and at the edge. The complexity of building, deploying, running and managing applications in hybrid cloud and multicloud environments is a major undertaking. The time and resource requirements to manage this model often take the focus away from innovation and creating the best experiences for your customers.

IBM Cloud Satellite addresses these challenges head-on by functioning as a distributed cloud, providing consistent cloud services across layered environments with speed and simplicity. The result is integrated visibility, services and security, ultimately enabling clients to build and deploy faster across all environments. As organizations aggressively seek to increase cloud capabilities, IBM Cloud Satellite is a delivery model for public cloud that can meet clients where they are now while providing a platform that can scale to future needs. IBM Cloud Satellite enables clients to build faster, with more security and deploy anywhere.

Watch the IBM Cloud Satellite announcement featuring IBM clients, Gartner analysts and senior IBM executives speaking to the future of distributed cloud.


IBM Cloud for Financial Services

Customers have high expectations for quick, seamless and secure experiences. This is putting pressure on the financial services industry to respond with speed and agility. However, the majority of these institutions are running on legacy applications that are inflexible, hindering the innovation required to address customer needs. In addition, increasing regulatory pressure and the risk of cybersecurity breaches have added to the complexity and are reasons for the delay in modernizing business applications.

IBM Cloud for Financial Services is built to enable the digitization and transformation of banking. It is an industry-first framework designed specifically to tackle these complexities with trust and transparency at its core — all built inside the IBM Cloud. This means a public cloud ecosystem with the unique security, compliance and resiliency features that financial institutions need as a baseline requirement. Drawing upon the data protection, security capabilities, regulatory control compliance and services built into the IBM public cloud, clients can confidently host their mission-critical workloads and sensitive data in the cloud (allowing for quick and efficient transactions) and focus on new innovation that serves their client needs.

The IBM Cloud for Financial Services has already built a trusted ecosystem of over forty financial institutions, including Bank of America and BNP Paribas, and more than 80 independent software vendors.


Confidential computing

IBM has a long history of providing robust security for our clients and investing in the future of secure computing technology. As we look to the next era of computing, one thing remains indisputable — data security is and will remain an invaluable necessity for companies and their consumers. As organizations rely more and more on hybrid and public cloud services, data privacy in the cloud has become a topic of the utmost importance.

Confidential computing allows enterprises to encrypt data in transit, eliminating risk and vulnerability by protecting moving data in use. This allows organizations to fully secure their data in any form or environment and extend cloud computing benefits to even the most sensitive workloads. At IBM, we have invested in confidential computing concepts for over a decade —from research projects to fully deployed offerings on the cloud. We have taken a leading role in bringing confidential computing cloud services to clients and are working diligently to create a new gold standard for enterprise security.

IBM Cloud is dedicated to getting enterprises where they need to be

Understanding the demands our clients are up against, IBM is focused on developing and delivering technology and services that achieve success, even in the most unpredictable of times. Our team will meet you where you are in your cloud journey, and you can trust that while we strive for transformation and speed to market, it will never be at the expense of security or compliance requirements.

We look forward to learning more about your unique business needs and how our cloud solutions can enable your ability to innovate with confidence. In the meantime, visit IBM Cloud and join us at IBM Think in May to learn more about these solutions!

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