Cloud, Mobile, Big Data Driving IBM System Demand

IBM said the increasing enterprise use of cloud, mobile, big data, analytics and social technologies is driving demand for IBM systems and storage.

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IBM systems are driving more enterprise mobile, cloud and analytics adoption as demand for these technologies continues to grow, the company said.

As organizations look to take advantage of the emergence of cloud, analytics and mobile technologies, demand for IBM systems has increased in geographies around the world. In fact, a recent IBM study illustrates that four technologies—big data and analytics, cloud, mobile and social—are no longer just buzzwords but have become key ingredients of enterprise software development and IT infrastructures.

The IBM study showed that 70 percent of enterprises are now using big data and analytics, cloud, mobile and social, and 75 percent of enterprise decision makers now consider these technologies as strategically important to their organizations, up from 66 percent in 2012.

Moreover, customers are switching from non-IBM servers to an IBM infrastructure to meet their big data, cloud, mobile and social needs, Big Blue officials said. One such customer is Logista Solutions, a managed services provider that specializes in data center implementation and design. After switching to IBM systems and storage, Logista said it can design and bring new products to market in approximately five days instead of the typical one month or more needed with the company's prior infrastructure.

"IT infrastructure is crucial to meet the demands of clients in this new era of computing," said Stephen Leonard, general manager of sales for IBM's Systems & Technology Group, in a statement. "A new generation of IBM systems is helping clients modernize their IT environments for emerging big data, cloud computing, mobile and social technologies. Clients are migrating from non-IBM systems to infrastructures based on these IBM systems and the results they are seeing demonstrate that the right infrastructure does matter.”

For instance, Brazil's Algar Telecom replaced 80 Hewlett-Packard servers with an IBM mainframe platform, achieving savings of 50 to 70 percent in data center floor space, energy and cooling, IBM said. At the same time, Algar increased operational efficiency by 30 percent.

Another switchover comes from the eThekwini Municipality, a government organization in the province of KwaZulu-Natal that provides civic services to the 3.5 million citizens of Durban, South Africa. With new IBM systems, the government reduced the number of physical servers in its environment by 67 percent and reduced infrastructure complexity by 80 percent. This resulted in time savings of up to 90 percent and the ability to launch new products 92 percent faster.