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Colt Provides Direct Connectivity to IBM Cloud

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Colt Technology Services today announced its extended collaboration with IBM to provide support for IBM Cloud Direct Link, allowing enterprise customers to establish a private network connection from their own IT infrastructure to IBM Cloud. 

Security, reliability and performance of the network are critical to ensure that businesses can fully benefit from the cloud. This collaboration will give customers a cloud networking experience with increased resilience, low latency and access to their core applications securely.

Through the IBM Cloud Direct Link services, enterprises can now choose Colt's Dedicated Cloud Access to provide private network connectivity between their own data centers or office locations and the IBM Cloud. The Colt IQ Network includes a 100Gbps optimized, owned network, distributed to more than 850 data centers and more than 26,000 buildings around the world. This provides customers with a superior cloud networking experience when compared to relying on the public internet.

 

Sysdig Collaborates with IBM Cloud to Expand Cloud Intelligence Solutions for Developers

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Sysdig, Inc., the cloud-native intelligence company, announced today it will work with IBM to support the Sysdig Cloud-Native Intelligence Platform in IBM Cloud. Sysdig offers unified security, monitoring, and forensics for containers and microservices, giving users a robust view of the health of their cloud apps. By delivering its platform with the IBM Cloud, Sysdig plans to enable developer teams with tools to easily develop, deploy, and secure cloud-native apps, existing workloads moving to the cloud, and hybrid cloud architectures. These capabilities include easily managing container lifecycles, gaining real-time visibility into the health and performance of microservices, and the ability to better catch potential security risks.

This collaboration stems from many developers organically realizing the benefits of tapping Sysdig technologies on top of IBM Cloud, and will expand this integration for a more seamless experience, higher efficiency, and to help teams rapidly achieve a broad range of operational requirements. The announcement of the addition of Sysdig into IBM Cloud's growing ecosystem of partners was made this week at DockerCon North America, and folds into other advancements IBM is making to deliver a cloud best designed for new workloads in AI, machine learning, and IoT. For more information, visit the IBM Cloud blog, "Building a Cloud for AI with Kubernetes, DevOps and Scale."

IBM Think News: Zerto Partnership Provides Data Protection for IBM’s Resiliency Orchestration DRaaS Solution

In an announcement at IBM Think 2018, IT Resilience software provider Zerto said it is partnering with IBM Services to provide IBM Resiliency Orchestration DRaaS Solution customers fast, simple virtual infrastructure recovery.

IBM's Resiliency Orchestration DRaaS Solution allows enterprise customers to recover their virtual and physical workloads, whether running on an IBM mainframe, IBM Power AIX, IBM System I, SUN Solaris or HP-UX system, and to ensure coordinated application recovery throughout. The offering automates the workflow of disaster recovery for a customer's complete heterogeneous environment to provide a more predictable, simplified and always-on operation that leads to reduced risk, cost, testing and recovery time.

PacketFabric Offers Connectivity to IBM Cloud

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PacketCOR, the cloud on-ramp product offered by PacketFabric, enables dedicated, security-rich connectivity to IBM Cloud through Direct Link at speeds from 1Gbps to 10Gbps.  This provides customers with a protected, reliable and low latency connection for moving critical workloads and data to the cloud versus the public internet. With PacketCOR, customers can seamlessly create hybrid environments and access IBM's extensive catalogue of cloud services including Artificial Intelligence (AI), analytics, Blockchain and Internet of Things (IoT).

PacketFabric customers can access IBM Cloud services in Dallas, Texas; San Francisco, California; and Washington, D.C., from any location on the PacketFabric network.

Express Logic's X-Ware IoT Platform Delivers Seamless Cloud Connectivity

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Express Logic, provider of the comprehensive X-Ware IoT Platform powered by the industry leading ThreadX RTOS, announced today turnkey support for all the leading cloud providers. Among this group are Alibaba, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Baidu, Google Cloud Platform, IBM Cloud, Microsoft Azure, Oracle Cloud, Tencent, and Xively. Designed from the ground up to be industrial grade, and developed entirely in-house by Express Logic engineers, the X-Ware IoT Platform leverages its size, performance, safety, security, ease of use, and other advanced features to provide best-of-class IoT connectivity for deeply embedded IoT sensors, devices, edge routers, and gateways.

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Express Logic's high-performance ThreadX RTOS is at the heart of the X-Ware IoT Platform. With over 6.2 billion deployments, as certified by VDC Research, ThreadX is arguably the world's most widely deployed RTOS. ThreadX provides embedded developers with priority-based preemptive scheduling, preemption-threshold scheduling, optimized context switching, real-time event trace, downloadable memory-protected application modules, and full determinism, all accessed through a highly intuitive API. ThreadX is deployed in environments where small footprint, low overhead, high performance, solid reliability, and fast time-to-market are essential. ThreadX is ideally suited for cloud-infrastructure connectivity and related products from such sectors as consumer electronics, medical and scientific instrumentation, industrial control and automation, automotive, aerospace, and more.

IBM expands partnership with Docker to drive apps to the public cloud

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At DockerCon EU in Copenhagen, IBM announced that it is expanding its relationship with Docker.  Together, IBM and Docker will be making it easier for clients to modernize their existing applications with Docker Enterprise Edition, combined with IBM Cloud, software and services.

The partnership is focused on three big takeaways:

  • Docker for IBM Cloud, which will allow customers to easily bring up a Docker environment to containerize their existing workloads and run them on IBM Cloud.

  • IBM's participation in Docker's Modernize Traditional Applications (MTA) program, so that IBM can help customers improve efficiency and agility by modernizing existing portfolios.

  • Certified IBM software will be available in the Docker Store, simplifying the containerization of existing software which uses IBM middleware.

CSC and Virtual Clarity Accelerate Digital Transformation of Enterprise Clients to IT-as-a-Service

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CSC, a global leader in next-generation IT services and innovative cloud solutions, and Virtual Clarity, a leading provider of IT-as-a-Service (ITaaS) transformation strategy and leadership, today announced an agreement to jointly help enterprises accelerate their transformation to leading cloud environments, including Amazon Web Services, IBM Cloud, and Microsoft Azure.

Under the terms of the agreement, CSC will make an undisclosed investment in Virtual Clarity to accelerate the company's leading transformation consulting services targeting the Financial Services, Insurance, Telecom, and Manufacturing industries. Virtual Clarity will become a Strategic Affiliate of CSC and will collaborate on joint go-to-market pursuits with CSC.

Virtual Clarity has significant knowledge and experience in helping global clients solve large, complex business problems and building lasting value for customers and partners. Its ClearTransformation service enables companies to accelerate business innovation, overcoming the inertia of legacy IT by transforming the traditional IT operating model to nimble IT-as-a-Service.

Wipro Builds Industry-Focused Big Data Analytics-as-a-Service Platform on IBM Bluemix

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Wipro Limited, a leading global information technology, consulting and business process services company, today announced it is delivering analytics-based insights for specific industries with the Data Discovery Platform, its newest big data analytics-as-a-service solution. Built with IBM BigInsights and IBM dashDB and developed on Bluemix, IBM's cloud platform, the solution accelerates insight-driven decision making through pre-built applications for specific industries, such as banking and financial services, retail, energy, education and manufacturing.

In many organizations, internal and external data exist in silos across the company, making it difficult and expensive to collect and analyze. The Data Discovery Platform helps businesses unlock the true value of their structured and unstructured data to deliver insights customized to the customer's industry sector.

Wipro and IBM developers collaborated on the solution which is available in an outcome-based ‘pay-per-insight' cloud delivery model. It has been customized for a number of specific industries and their associated overall processes, including:

IBM Accelerates Hybrid Cloud Adoption By Enabling Channel Partners To Offer VMware Solutions

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IBM today announced that it is helping to accelerate hybrid cloud adoption by providing its channel partners an easy way to sell VMware Cloud Foundation and other VMware-based cloud services. As a part of these new efforts, IBM Business Partners will now be able to offer cloud services, which clients can utilize to quickly extend their existing VMware environments to the IBM Cloud.

IBM Business Partners can now provide a one-stop shop for clients looking to migrate their on-premises VMware platforms to the cloud by providing a portfolio of lifecycle services including planning, architecture, migration and end-to-end management.

IBM is the first to market to bring this offering to channel partners, such as Avnet, BMSIX, Ingram Micro, Tridatum, and Vicom, who are looking to sell these new VMware subscription-based solutions running on the IBM Cloud.
 

VMware Brings Windows Desktops and Apps to IBM Cloud

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VMware is upgrading its Horizon virtual digital workspace portfolio to make desktop-as-service (DaaS) more viable over low-bandwidth networks and for those requiring high performance. The company said it is implementing new protocols and deployment options including several different hyperconverged appliances and support for IBM's SoftLayer Cloud.

The company announced three new additions to its end user computing set of offerings: the new Horizon Cloud Service, Horizon Apps, and Horizon 7.1 desktop and apps delivery platform.  The new offerings take advantage of new protocols VMware has acquired and optimized to boost performance, making it more suitable for various virtual client and app environments, including Microsoft's Skype for Business. These improvements to Horizon are currently rolling out at the technology preview stage, according to VMware.