IBM Gains DoD Authorization for Cloud Services
This authorization rounds out the IBM cloud portfolio that IBM offers its federal customers, including services that meet Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) and Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) requirements for government workloads. The DISA authorization comes at a time when IBM is ramping up its overall push to deliver hybrid cloud capabilities to customers in a wide range of industries. In December 2014, IDC named IBM a leader in U.S. government private cloud infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS). And last month, two independent reports from Forrester Research and Synergy Research named IBM a leader in hybrid cloud management solutions. Meanwhile, earlier this month, Bell Business Markets and IBM announced a new partnership to expand the cloud computing services available through Bell Business Cloud. The partnership will give businesses across Canada access to the IBM Cloud via a secure, high-speed private connection from Bell. This will enable customers to adopt and build out their hybrid clouds more easily. IBM said an increasing amount of organizations are looking for a reliable and secure connection to the cloud that doesn't rely on sending data over the public Internet. Bell Business Cloud addresses this issue by enabling enterprises to plug into the IBM Cloud to gain access to on-demand computing and storage solutions such as Bell Cloud Connect, which connects Bell's IP network to IBM Cloud. The Bell Cloud Compute offering runs on IBM Cloud to offer a secure, self-serve environment for managed virtual machines. Bell also offers backup and restore services via IBM Cloud to protect customer data and applications through a secure backup location as well as ensuring availability of data and applications.As Bell's Business Cloud ecosystem continues to evolve through new partnerships, customers will benefit from additional solutions, enterprise applications and business tools, with the ability to increasingly acquire their technologies on a utility basis, IBM said. "The world's appetite for data is increasing and with this comes a greater need for organizations to support cloud workloads. IBM Cloud is the leading platform for data-driven cloud and analytics that enables organizations to open the doors to more responsive and innovative ways of doing business," said Nevil Knupp, vice president of cloud at IBM Canada, in a statement. "IBM Cloud supports Bell's new client offerings to help companies gain more control of their data, improve application performance and efficiencies with enhanced collaboration, centralize IT management, reduce costs and achieve greater efficiencies."
"Bell is an established leader in data hosting and cloud computing, providing customers with exceptional support from an expert nationwide team," said Tom Little, president of Bell Business Markets, in a statement. "With businesses of all kinds increasingly relying on cloud services for their mission critical applications, adding IBM Cloud services to Bell Business Cloud provides customers with the seamless integration, security and dependability they expect and require."