Enterprise IT vendor IBM has made several announcements involving IBM Cloud and the new deals with clients in the last two months.
IBM’s cloud revenue grew 36 percent to $2.6 billion in the first quarter, with the as-a-service components growing 46 percent.
IBM, announcing the first quarter revenue on 18 April, said technology services and Cloud platforms grew 2 percent to $8.4 billion.
Enterprises see the most value in hybrid cloud solutions that enable new business models while leveraging existing systems and data. Recently, IBM announced the acquisition of Bluewolf, a Salesforce partner and leader in cloud consulting and implementation services.
IBM announced a new framework for securely operating blockchain networks, as well as new services on the IBM Cloud to meet regulatory and security requirements for tamper-resistant blockchain networks.
IBM, which supports the security needs of enterprises, promises the highest Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS 140-2) and Evaluation Assurance Levels (EAL) in the industry to support the use of blockchain in government, financial services and healthcare.
IBM works with clients such as BNY Mellon to accelerate the development of an application for securities lending, using a blockchain network to trade and transfer assets.
“We are actively exploring blockchain’s potential to better serve our clients and our company,” said Suresh Kumar, CIO of BNY Mellon.
IBM announced that Kimberly-Clark, maker of Kleenex and Huggies, has adopted IBM Cloud and IBM Watson Internet of Things (IoT) Platform to create intelligent facilities management app that helps clients better monitor and manage restrooms remotely, lowering costs and improving consumer experiences.
Utilizing IBM Watson IoT Platform, facilities managers collect data and alerts from sensors integrated into restroom amenities, from soap dispensers to air fresheners, as well as non-amenities like entrance doors.
Kimblerly-Clark Professional reduced the amount of supplies used in the restroom by up to 20 percent in pilot tests of the Intelligent Restroom.
IBM expanded its flash storage portfolio to help clients extract value from data. IBM launched three new all-flash array products promising a minimum latency of 250μs (microsecond).
Halliburton, service provider to the oil and gas industry, has adopted IBM Cloud to run its reservoir simulation software to understand how complex oil and gas fields might behave under different development scenarios.
evolve24, a data analytics and consumer insights provider serving more than 350 brands around the globe, is utilizing IBM Cloud to host its neuroscience omni-channel data analytics platform for better performance and scalability.
Anthony Sardella, CEO of evolve24, said: “IBM Cloud has the global footprint, quality and scalability we need and that our customers demand.”
By making investment in IBM Cloud, evolve24 plans to improve its competitive advantage, enhance client experiences, expedite new feature delivery and provide new channels to market.
IBM Research recently announced that it is making quantum computing processor — delivered via the IBM Cloud onto any desktop or mobile device — to public.