IBM Expands Cloud Presence in Asia, Europe

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2013-12-22 Print this article Print

"One of the biggest challenges of international trade is the inability to effectively identify and engage with new partners on a global scale," Constantinos Vousvounis, general manager of the corporate group and investment banking unit of Eurobank, said in a statement. "Exportgate is helping to remove these barriers. By partnering with IBM, members now have access to a cloud-based digital experience that helps them easily identify and expand their network of trusted partners while minimizing costs and accelerating growth into new markets."

Exportgate members now have access to collective and updated directories of over 1,400 Greek exporters and more than 6,500 international trading companies. To date, the site has generated more than 485,000 visits; 1,348,102 portal page views; over 8,000 e-library member visits; and more than 2,300 partnerships and connections among international companies, IBM said.

"Eurobank's new digital strategy for international imports and exports has brought vibrancy to the global trading system in the region," said Larry Bowden, vice president of Exceptional Digital Software at IBM, in a statement. "Now, through this unique cloud-based digital experience, members have unparalleled access to their target audiences, as well as one of the largest and most organized libraries of trading resources that are all customized to their exact industry and business needs."

Finally, IBM also announced that Terrakom, a Croatian telecommunication services provider focused on hosting and cable-based telecommunication services, has deployed IBM Flex Systems to provision private, public and hybrid cloud infrastructures. Its clients span a broad range—from big retail chains and insurance companies to universities and individual subscribers.

The new systems will improve the quality of Terrakom's cloud environment, help the company enter a new market segment and meet increasing client demands for services delivered through the cloud. The IBM Flex System will also help ensure uninterrupted operation of all system components and significantly reduce Terrakom's energy consumption.

IBM said its Flex Systems are designed to provide easy implementation of cloud applications. As a result, since deployment Terrakom has been able to deliver applications within four minutes of a client service request, effectively making the company into an infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) provider as well, IBM said.

"Earlier this year, we entered a market segment which is new for us—managed server and Web hosting services," said Andrej Kalanovic, a member of the management board at Terrakom, in a statement. "To tap the growth opportunities in this area, and after a thorough testing process, we selected IBM Flex System. We put a special focus on IBM's advanced system management features, energy and space savings. With the new IT infrastructure, we reduced our hardware inventory by 60 percent and increased our efficiency by 35 percent."

Terrakom will use part of the new system as a voice platform, while the other will be used in combination with new IBM Flex System to strengthen Terrakom's capabilities to offer new cloud-based services faster to the market. The company has established a new dedicated brand for these new private, pubic and hybrid cloud offerings: INSIDE Cloud. Along with IBM Flex System, Terrakom deployed the IBM Storwize v3700 data storage system, complementing its existing IBM infrastructure that has been in use since 2010.



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