IBM’s annual THINK event is taking place this week in Las Vegas with the company making its intentions for the future clear.
The tech colossus is betting big on a multi-cloud world and justifying its stake with the current enterprise cloud market.
IBM Cloud Integration general manager Denis Kennelly says it’s no secret that businesses around the globe are moving to the cloud, but the majority aren’t moving to a single cloud – and the stats back him up.
IDC found that 85 percent of enterprises will commit to multi-cloud architectures in 2018, while a recent RightScale survey found that the average enterprise is using almost five public and private clouds.
In a blog post, Kennelly states that “this multi-cloud model enables companies to benefit from the unique characteristic of each environment but also presents a challenge: How do you tie them all together and ensure effective collaboration across an organisation?”
It is for these reasons and more that IBM has invested in the multi-cloud space, announcing a raft of new technologies and capabilities tailored to assist businesses in their transitions to the cloud and secure connections of data and applications across any system.
Some of the new technologies IBM has unveiled to bolster its multi-cloud strategy include:
Kennelly says these new technologies are designed to help create a seamless experience across IT environments while eliminating unnatural barriers and freeing the flow of insights from data.
“IBM already is seeing strong interest from global clients in these technologies, including more than 150 companies signing up for IBM Cloud Private since its launch last quarter,” says Kennelly.
“Built with an architecture and capabilities consistent with the public IBM Cloud, IBM Cloud Private can be used to create private clouds on systems from leading manufacturers including Cisco, Dell EMC, Intel, Lenovo and NetApp as well as IBM Power Systems, IBM Z mainframes and IBM Storage solutions.”
Kennelly says the adoption of IBM Cloud Private has been particularly strong among financial services firms as companies are rapidly adding digital services that must meet strict corporate and regulatory guidelines.
“These financial services firms and others across a range of industries are moving to the cloud to tap powerful new technologies which help automate businesses processes and enable more engaging client experiences,” says Kennelly.
“As companies increasingly adopt a multi-cloud strategy, though, it is crucial to put in place an architecture designed to tie all these environments together and grow in-line with business needs.”