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Cloud has evolved into much more than just invisible data storage to help businesses run smoothly. Today, companies across industries are using cloud as the platform to meet ever-changing customer and business needs through services such as artificial intelligence (AI) and blockchain while running their data seamlessly and securely across public, private and on-premises environments.
Taking a hybrid cloud approach is particularly important since approximately 80 percent of the world’s data lives behind the enterprise firewall. For large companies sitting on decades of data and existing IT infrastructure investments, going from zero to cloud is rarely feasible, and there is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all path.
So what does it take to build a cloud for enterprises? The IBM cloud strategy is grounded in helping enterprises build a bridge to the cloud with security, regardless of where they are on their journey. IBM is listening to the challenges our clients face, and we continue to evolve the IBM Cloud to give them the choice and flexibility they need to stay competitive in the complex business and technology landscape.
That’s why global businesses including Bausch and Lomb, Westpac, Crédit Mutuel and ExxonMobil are all moving mission-critical workloads to the IBM Cloud. It’s also why IBM continues to see growth in cloud, with $18.5 billion in cloud revenue over the last 12 months.
IBM Cloud is mirroring the hybrid needs of the enterprise and driving strong momentum through new technology advancements and partnerships:
Technology advancements provide choice and flexibility in the hybrid cloud journey
- IBM grew its cloud footprint with 18 new availability zones in high demand centers in Europe (Frankfurt and London), Asia-Pacific (Tokyo and Sydney) and North America (Washington, DC and Dallas, Texas). An availability zone is an isolated instance of cloud inside a data center region, with independent power, cooling and networking to strengthen fault tolerance. While IBM Cloud already operates in nearly 60 locations, it now has even more capacity and capability in these key centers.
- With the launch of multi-zone clusters for IBM Cloud Kubernetes Service, IBM is enabling users to deploy one single, containerized app across multiple global IBM Cloud regions, and each is designed to have the same experience, no matter out of which data center it runs. The IBM Cloud Kubernetes Service manages each piece of a containerized app simultaneously across different geographies, such as rolling out updates, connecting it into the high-value services offered by IBM Cloud and patching vulnerabilities.
- IBM expanded its cloud-native capabilities, enabling the IBM Cloud Private platform to run on its Cloud Managed Services offering. The new capability brings together the recently launched IBM Cloud Private platform with the managed CMS offering to help enterprises adopt container-based, cloud-native application models.
Expanded partnerships help accelerate adoption of hybrid cloud solutions
- SAP announced plans to release SAP Cloud Platform private edition running on IBM Cloud as a dedicated cloud deployment. With the SAP Cloud Platform private edition on IBM Cloud, clients in regulated industries such as banking, healthcare and transportation, as well as those managing sensitive data, can have flexibility, speed and agility to help them innovate without jeopardizing security and control.
- IBM and Red Hat Inc. announced an expansion of their longstanding relationship to enable customers to benefit from both companies’ technology in private and public cloud. Red Hat’s expansive portfolio of enterprise-grade, cloud-native, and hybrid cloud infrastructure solutions goes hand-in-hand with the IBM shift to containerized software. When combined, this technology and services integration provides a clear pathway for enterprises to implement a hybrid cloud approach.
These are just a few of the highlights from IBM Cloud over the past quarter. As we look ahead to the rest of 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 can do for you.