Hybrid Cloud Spurs IoT, Cognitive Computing, More: IBM
A new IBM report shows leading enterprises using hybrid cloud as a launching point for next-generation initiatives like IoT and cognitive computing.IBM today released results of a survey that showed that leading enterprise organizations are using hybrid clouds to gain a competitive edge—even using them as a springboard to newer, higher-value initiatives such as the Internet of things (IoT) and cognitive computing. The study showed that two-thirds of organizations implementing hybrid clouds said they are gaining competitive advantage from their hybrid environments and are nearly three times as likely to use them to assemble data assets or monetize data, said Cynthya Peranandam, a principal at the IBM Center for Applied Insights, who helped author the study. "While we know that hybrid is the norm now, what's revealing in this study is that leading companies use hybrid cloud to their advantage to get ahead with emerging technologies like cognitive or IoT—areas where disruption is going to impact business results and market leadership," said Peranandam. A hybrid cloud is a cloud computing environment that uses a mix of on-premises, private cloud and public cloud services with orchestration between the platforms. IBM claims a leadership position in the hybrid cloud space and says it is uniquely qualified to provide hybrid cloud products and services to the enterprise.
IBM boasts that what differentiates it in the hybrid cloud space is all of its partnerships, its historical relationship with its enterprise clients and its deep understanding of the enterprise. The company also is a major supporter of open technologies as it relates to the cloud. Moreover, IBM clients have a lot of value spread across different platforms and devices and are ideally suited to the hybrid cloud, the company said.