IBM Tracks Cloud Deals to Top Ranking

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2014-11-07 Print this article Print
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"Our clients are turning to cloud to improve speed and agility of their business, which are critical factors for success," said Eelco Blok, CEO of KPN, in a statement. "We were looking for a strong cloud partner that could offer our clients an easily accessible, flexible and secure cloud platform. IBM also has a broad set of services that allow us to build our current and future cloud portfolio on it."

"KPN´s choice of selecting SoftLayer for the delivery of their infrastructure-as-a-service enables them to provide highly scalable services that can be rapidly deployed and that stay on the leading edge of innovative developments," said Harry van Dorenmalen, general manager IBM Benelux, in a statement. "With the IBM Cloud, KPN has an enterprise-ready cloud infrastructure that can expand to accommodate any workload, providing it with the flexibility that it needs to continue its in-country growth."

Meanwhile, Gama Operations specializes in developing telecommunications systems for Private Brand eXchange (PBX) and Internet-based PBX (IP PBX) to connect telephone extensions of a company to external telephone and mobile networks. The company offers a unified security platform, providing solutions for all elements of communications within organizations, including switchboard, tablets, land line, mobile, desktops and laptops. With more than 15,000 installations in large and midsize enterprises, Gama Operations serves customers in Israel, Europe and South America from various industry sectors, such as the public sector, banking, telecommunications and technology.

Prior to launching its service on SoftLayer's cloud infrastructure, Gama Operations offered its secured communication solutions as an on-premise software product or on a private cloud environment operated by the customer. It recently migrated to the IBM Cloud to enable the company to deploy its services in a matter of minutes rather than days and to save its customers the need to invest or pay any up-front charges during the initial step.

Running its new system on SoftLayer's cloud infrastructure enabled Gama Operations to provide a solution that fits customers of all size and needs that can use its service to encrypt their phone calls by downloading Gama Operations' application. The secure calls can be managed on WiFi networks and third-generation cellular networks.

"Being a real-time solution, we had to guarantee a secure, high performing infrastructure for our encryption system," said Eyal Alon, CEO of Gama Operations, in a statement. "Stability, survivability, bandwidth and intense servers, including the options for monitoring and control, were crucial for us to guarantee the high service level for our customers."

In addition, IBM and China-based Tencent Cloud recently signed a business cooperation memorandum to collaborate on providing public cloud with software-as-a-service solutions for industries in China. The companies agreed to focus on emerging small and midsize enterprises in the smarter cities and smarter health care industries as well as other fields.

IBM has been investing heavily in beefing up its cloud infrastructure, including committing $1.2 billion to expand its global cloud footprint. In the third quarter of 2014, IBM reported that cloud revenue was up more than 50 percent year-to-date and that cloud delivered as a service was up 80 percent, with a third-quarter annual run rate of $3.1 billion. Also, last month, the company announced the biggest win for its cloud business to date—SAP's selection of IBM to provide cloud infrastructure services for its business-critical applications.



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