IBM Expands Hybrid Cloud Services for Customers

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IBM has announced that its hybrid cloud services are now generally available in any environment, on any cloud, on premises or at the edge — via IBM Cloud Satellite.

Lumen Technologies and IBM have integrated IBM Cloud Satellite with the Lumen edge platform to enable clients to harness hybrid cloud services in near real-time and build innovative solutions at the edge.

IBM Cloud Satellite brings a secured, unifying layer of cloud services for clients across environments, regardless of where their data resides. This is essential to help address critical data privacy and data sovereignty requirements. Industries including telecommunications, financial services, healthcare and government can now benefit from reduced latency that comes with analyzing data securely at the edge, the company said in a statement.

It added that workloads related to online learning, remote work, telehealth services and more can now be delivered with increased efficiency and security with IBM Cloud Satellite. As workloads shift to the edge, IBM Cloud Satellite will help clients deliver low latency, while still enabling them to have the same levels of security, data privacy, interoperability and open standards found in hybrid cloud environments.

IBM said it would also extend Watson Anywhere with the availability of IBM Cloud Pak for Data as a Service with IBM Cloud Satellite. This, the company said, would give clients a flexible, secure way to run their Artificial Intelligence (AI) and analytics workloads as services across any environment, without having to manage them on their own.

Senior Vice President, Enterprise Product Management and Services at Lumen, Paul Savill, said: “With the Lumen platform’s broad reach, we are giving our enterprise customers access to IBM Cloud Satellite to help them drive innovation more rapidly at the edge.”

According to him, “Our enterprise customers can now extend IBM Cloud services across Lumen’s robust global network, enabling them to deploy data-heavy edge applications that demand high security and ultra-low latency.

By bringing secure and open hybrid cloud capabilities to the edge, our customers can propel their businesses forward and take advantage of the emerging applications of the 4th Industrial Revolution.”

As part of this collaboration, customers will be able to: Deploy applications across more than 180,000 connected enterprise locations on the Lumen network to provide a low latency experience; Create cloud-enabled solutions at the edge that leverage application management and orchestration via IBM Cloud Satellite; and Build open, interoperable platforms that give customers greater deployment flexibility and more seamless access to cloud native services like AI, IoT and edge computing.

Head of IBM Hybrid Cloud Platform, Howard Boville, said: “IBM is working with clients to leverage advanced technologies like edge computing and AI, enabling them to digitally transform with hybrid cloud while keeping data security at the forefront. With IBM Cloud Satellite, clients can securely gain the benefits of cloud services anywhere, from the core of the data center to the farthest reaches of the network.”