IBM Lands Cloud Deals With Marriott, Others
“Seamless integration, scalability and security are key attributes of IBM’s cloud that will help Opera Software empower millions of users across Asia with mobile access to the Internet,” said Magnus Arildsson, cloud services leader at IBM Nordic. “With a global network of cloud centers around the world and across Asia, the IBM Cloud will ensure that Opera’s end users are able to access video and browse the Web with uninterrupted access.” Meanwhile, data management company Sohonet announced it is offering IBM Cloud’s SoftLayer platform to its extensive network of film and media companies specializing in post-production, visual effects (VFX) and animation. Sohonet’s customer base includes British film studios, global media companies, and film and television productions. With SoftLayer, Sohonet addresses the challenges of moving huge digital media files through the production and post-production pipeline by offering scalable cloud computing environments to manage and store that data. Film rendering has always been compute-intensive, but the increased scale of studio film production and the ability to service concurrent projects have made it increasingly desirable for media companies to “buy in” cloud rendering when extra capacity is needed. With IBM Cloud, Sohonet’s customers can scale their infrastructure based on workflow needs. They can quickly spin up a mix of virtual and bare metal servers on demand and configure them as if they were their own on-premises servers.In addition, IBM and Kallo announced that Kallo has deployed its remote health care delivery system on the IBM cloud to bring real-time medical services to rural areas of the world. Kallo’s mobile health-care systems will be used to build and extend primary care infrastructure in countries including Guinea and Ghana. The company’s mission is to deliver public health services, manage communicable and infectious diseases such as Ebola, balance health care delivery inequities, and address rural disease and health threats. On-demand telehealth services will be delivered from the company’s global command center in Markham, Ontario, and regional command centers in countries of operation. IBM provides Kallo with technology consulting and services as well as a cloud infrastructure hosted at the recently opened SoftLayer cloud center in Toronto. The Toronto location is part of IBM’s expanding global network of more than 40 cloud computing centers. “The health-care industry is in a time of accelerating change that needs continual innovation,” said John Cecil, Kallo’s chairman and CEO, in a statement. “IBM’s cloud technology enables us to ‘reach the unreached’ to scale and securely deliver North American standards of health care to some of the world’s most remote or underserved populations.” Kallo services include MobileCare, RuralCare, DialysisCare, hospital information systems, telehealth systems, pharmacy information, disaster management, air and surface patient transportation systems, and clinical training.
“Functionality and operational expertise is critical to our clients’ business success,” said Chuck Parker, executive chairman of Sohonet, in a statement. “This unique relationship with IBM Cloud offers our customers a low-latency, high-bandwidth private network link into the most versatile and customizable of infrastructure platforms. The SoftLayer infrastructure offers the flexibility to design your environment the way you know it works best, aligning operational expenditure with incoming revenue. This allows creative teams to experiment without overinvesting on-premises for peak workloads.”