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Reflections on IBM Cloud in 2017 while looking ahead to 2018

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2017 was a turning point for the cloud industry. Enterprises are rapidly adopting cloud as a platform for creating new ways to handle and drive revenue from data.

With the volume of structured and unstructured data increasing every day, enterprises are demanding more than just infrastructure as a service. Part of this turnaround is due to the diligent work we are doing here at IBM to invest and improve our cloud, so clients can truly reap the benefits of its technology.

With 80 percent of the world’s data unsearchable and locked within the walls of enterprises, IBM is the cloud for enterprise workloads across public, private and hybrid environments. We continue to improve our unified cloud architecture to help enterprises not only gain insights from their data, but to innovate with that data using AI, analytics, blockchain, Internet of Things (IoT) and more. This, we believe, is a more strategic way to look at addressing the needs of the market, and analysts agree. IDC recently cited that 85 percent of enterprise IT will commit to multi-cloud architectures by 2018.

And as we saw from our earnings results today, this is also why IBM has had a defining year in 2017, building an $17 billion cloud business that is a strong mix of both as-a-service and the hardware, software and services to enable enterprises to implement and integrate comprehensive cloud solutions and easily connect data to on-premises apps.

Looking back on 2017, we’ve experienced some incredible traction. Some top highlights include:

Leading global brands adopted IBM Cloud to modernize and extend critical apps and build with cloud-native techniques.

  • American Airlines adopted IBM Cloud as the foundation for its massive cloud transformation designed to make internal processes more efficient, faster and easier.
  • The US Army signed a 33-month, $135 million contract with IBM for cloud services including Watson IoT, predictive analytics and AI for better visibility into equipment readiness.
  • Enterprises around the world tapped IBM Cloud to drive innovation and generate new value from their data, including Lloyds Banking GroupBombardier, Walgreens, Atlanta’s new Mercedes-Benz Stadium and BMW.

IBM Cloud delivered new innovations and features to provide a cloud that is AI ready, designed for data and secure to the core.

  • In 2017, IBM inventors received more than 1,900 patents for new cloud technologies to help solve critical business challenges.
  • Throughout the year, IBM added eight new cloud data centers in London, Sydney, San Jose, Dallas, and Washington, D.C., expanding the IBM global footprint to nearly 60 data centers across 19 countries. The new centers help clients run their data when and where they need to meet increasing performance, geographic and security requirements. IBM also rolled out new capabilities in its cloud data center in Frankfurt, Germany, to give clients complete control of their data.
  • Investments and collaborations to advance the ease and flexibility of building with containers and Kubernetes on IBM Cloud included the launch of the IBM Cloud Container Service built with Kubernetes and open industry projects such as Istio and Grafeas to strengthen the security and scale of container-based apps. IBM also launched Microservices Builder, which makes it easier for developers and organizations to create, deploy and manage apps built with containers and microservices.
  • Continuing the IBM investment in Kubernetes and containers, IBM Cloud Private launched to enable companies to create on-premises cloud capabilities similar to public clouds and accelerate app development.

IBM Cloud expanded its ecosystem of partners to help enterprises rapidly and securely move to the cloud.

  • NVIDIA and IBM announced that IBM was the first major global cloud provider to release the NVIDIA Tesla P100 GPU accelerator to speed AI workloads, and IBM achieved new performance benchmarks with the GPU, reducing deep learning training time by up to 65 percent.
  • At VMworld Europe, IBM and VMware announced that more than 1,400 enterprises, including Honeywell and Vodafone, have moved VMware workloads to the IBM Cloud. IBM also partnered with Dell EMC to provide commercial customers access to VMware solutions on the IBM Cloud.
  • Docker and IBM continued to expand their partnership with the launch of Docker Enterprise Edition for IBM Cloud, which enables companies to easily shift their workloads to the cloud with Docker containers, then connect them to advanced cloud services.

These are just a few of the highlights from IBM Cloud in 2017. As we look ahead to 2018, IBM is poised for even more innovation and growth to help enterprises use cloud to transform their business through data.

Want to know more? Find out what else IBM Cloud is doing and can do for you.

IBM Cloud earnings Q4 2017

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