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I woke up fresh today in Las Vegas, excited to put some digital thoughts down to express my appreciation having joined my colleague Deon Newman to personally accept this year’s CRN Tech Innovator Award on behalf of IBM in the Cloud Solutions product category for IBM zEnterprise BC12 (zBC12).
As the Global VP of Systems & Technology Growth Solutions at IBM, I am deeply familiar with how innovative and advanced our cloud technologies are, and when a channel industry award reinforces that understanding, you know you’re doing something right. While most people don’t think of System z as being a channel play, the channel is tremendously important for offerings like zBC12.
Innovation in cloud is something happening all over IBM—across geographies, across industries, across our product lines and throughout private, hybrid, and public cloud environments. Within that penchant for innovation, we have put a stake in the ground when it comes to being at the forefront of having the right cloud technologies needed to build and run private and hybrid clouds.
The award winner—the zBC12 Mainframe—is a perfect example. Released in June 2013, this secure, all-in-one system, has helped our clients save money through consolidation on Linux with an efficient cloud delivery model, and has enabled workloads to be deployed where they run best and cost less with a proven hybrid computing model. In other words, you can flexibly scale to size (up and out) without sacrificing performance. Overall, the IBM zEnterprise portfolio is designed to create a centrally managed infrastructure that provides an ideal private enterprise cloud for quick and agile delivery of high value services.
At IBM, we think holistically about what our clients, and the market, demands are – trusted cloud infrastructure solutions such as zBC12 are being developed to help organizations and managed service providers build an efficient foundation for their IT infrastructure. One that allows them to quickly deploy new applications, allows for IT consolidation for reduced complexity, and one that grows their business without growing their costs. For these reasons, I knew zBC12 was a contender, a leader in innovative cloud technology solutions, and it feels great to be recognized for it by a market influencer in the North America IT Channel community.
Now that the event has wrapped, I’m excited to look forward – to continually improve upon our cloud technologies and break further ground in light of the constant flow of opportunities and challenges our clients face. Without a doubt, it is my mission to continue to progress and develop our solutions in a way that enables our clients to harness cloud as a growth engine for their business.
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