IBM to Provide Cloud, Other IT Services to NiSource
IBM's new seven-year, $600 million IT services deal with NiSource includes creating and managing a new hybrid cloud environment.IBM announced a major deal with energy provider NiSource whereby Big Blue will provide a broad range of IT services, including the creation and management of a hybrid cloud computing environment for the organization. Under a seven-year, $600 million agreement, IBM will help accelerate business innovation, while supporting NiSource's focus on customer service, system security and business application performance. IBM will help NiSource implement a hybrid IT model using IBM's SoftLayer cloud as well as a private, secure cloud powered by traditional infrastructure. The resulting integrated hybrid cloud will enable NiSource to continue delivering service to its customers, while supporting enhanced technology agility, availability and performance. "NiSource is an example of how companies today are turning to the cloud as a competitive lever for their business," Philip Guido, general manager of IBM Global Technology Services for North America, said in a statement. "Embracing the cloud not only provides a better way to integrate hybrid IT systems, it enables companies to forge new pathways to innovation and improve services by applying technologies such as analytics across their enterprise." IBM officials noted that embracing a hybrid cloud approach can provide a number of benefits to companies, including greater efficiency by better matching computing workloads to the best-fit infrastructure, greater agility to respond rapidly to changes in business demands, and the ability to easily add new capabilities such as analytics or mobile technology.
"Our longtime partnership with IBM has been built on a shared commitment to innovation, performance and continuous improvement," said Violet Sistovaris, senior vice president and chief information officer at NiSource, in a statement. "This new agreement builds on our existing partnership and keeps us on a trajectory to further leverage IBM's extensive capabilities, new delivery models and advanced technologies to deliver efficient, reliable service to our customers."