Colt and IBM to Collaborate to Develop Edge Computing Solutions

Colt Technology Services and IBM are joining forces. The companies will collaborate to help organizations implement an edge computing strategy to move data and applications seamlessly across hybrid cloud environments and from private data centres to the edge.

Colt, a provider of on-demand connectivity solutions, will partner with IBM to explore new application options for IBM Cloud Satellite and Edge Application Manager. This is for the benefit of enterprise customers who are located in more than 29,000 buildings worldwide.

Organizations are turning to new cloud technology for their business challenges. However, managing geographically dispersed cloud infrastructures is not easy, especially when there are strict latency, resilience and compliance with local laws and regulations. Colt and IBM believe it is possible to simplify the deployment of IBM Cloud Satellite within Colt’s edge platform.

IBM Cloud Satellite is a hybrid cloud solution based on Red Hat OpenShift. It enables organizations to deploy IBM Cloud services wherever they want: on-premise, in any cloud, or at the edge. The virtual machines used for IBM Cloud Satellite can be deployed and configured with a tool that requires no human intervention. Colt’s networking solutions also provide critical connectivity to support distributed cloud environments with IBM Edge Application Manager for organizations including retail and healthcare.

According to the recent IBM Institute for Business Value report, 91 percent of all 1,500 senior decision-makers surveyed say their organization wants to implement an edge computing strategy within five years. According to the American tech giant, IBM Edge Application Manager is the first solution in the industry to be supported by the open-source project Linux Foundation Open Horizon. It allows businesses to manage up to 40,000 edge devices simultaneously per edge hub.

Colt and IBM have been working together for many years in various countries and within different vertical markets. “The focus is on accelerating the digital transformation of organizations,” said Mark Hollman, vice president of Partner Development & Success at Colt. “We are currently experiencing a growing demand for distributed cloud and multi-cloud environments and will therefore look together for new opportunities to serve our joint customers.”

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