Real magic in cloud: IaaS, PaaS, SaaS, and you

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Evaluating the breadth and depth of the portfolios offered by cloud providers is no easy task. Each provider brings a unique strategy and approach to the table, and the beauty of each suite of cloud offerings is often in the eye of the beholder. Nevertheless, businesses need to compare and contrast the services offered by various providers to find the resources they’ll need to power their next generation of systems and applications in the cloud, so we end up speaking with a lot of partners and analysts about what differentiates the IBM Cloud portfolio among our competitors.

The simplest answer is that IBM Cloud has taken an industry focus to deliver the resources our customers need—leveraging cognitive, data, and our enterprise-strength infrastructure. We’ve built a cloud platform that meets real business challenges for our customers, helping them to do exponentially more than they could ever do before.

Infrastructure-as-a-Service is the building block upon which we deliver capabilities up the cloud stack, and it’s important to note that the market—including IBM—has moved beyond simple compute, storage, and networking solutions to looking at the entire cloud spectrum, from existing IT through hybrid to public cloud options. When we speak with our clients and continue building new offerings on our cloud platform, we often remind them of the big-picture context for how all of the pieces fit together. At each layer of our cloud portfolio, we’re able to share how our offerings reflect that holistic approach to cloud implementation.

Many industry experts and analysts praise our differentiated portfolio and unique strategy, while others suggest that deviating significantly from our competitors only puts us at a disadvantage. We’re upsetting the status quo.

High scores in the Magic Quadrant for IBM Cloud in Japan

In March, Gartner released its “Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure as a Service, Japan.” In this report, Gartner rates IBM at the top of the Visionary Quadrant—along with Amazon and Microsoft. It noted high utilization, satisfaction, and expectation ratios in the end-user survey Gartner conducted in Japan. It cited differentiated services, such as bare metal, that were utilized by Japanese users. It recognized the importance Japanese users placed on free-of-charge communication between data centers and our interlocking global network. And ultimately, it claimed that IBM Bluemix Infrastructure was positioned at the core of IBM’s cognitive business as a strategic service for IBM.

Believe it or not, this high praise was based on a single IBM Cloud data center in Japan. While this evaluation certainly reflects what the rest of the analyst community believes about IBM’s cloud platform, it actually contradicts another Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure as a Service that Gartner recently published, perpetuating a myopic view of what qualifies as “cloud IaaS.”

IBM Cloud and bare metal get the nod from analyst firms across the board

Virtually every other analyst firm considers IBM Cloud a top-tier global cloud provider and the leader in the hybrid market. In one example, IDC ranks IBM as a global leader in IaaS capabilities, including bare metal. In other examples, ESG ranks IBM Bluemix as a leading PaaS with developers and Gartner ranks IBM as a global leader in data center outsourcing.

Unlike the other major analysts (including IDC, Forrester, Synergy and TBR) and despite its rapid adoption, Gartner continues to exclude most IBM bare metal servers from consideration at the worldwide level due to the provisioning time required to deploy fully customized bare metal servers. But we hear from our customers that their performance needs demand the customization we deliver, regardless of whether an analyst says that customized cloud server should be called a “cloud server.” Bare metal servers provide superior security (through physical isolation), enable innovative GPU offerings (like the recently announced NVIDIA Tesla P100), and produce unmatched performance required for intense analytics, scale cloud applications, and enterprise workloads like VMware and SAP.

Listening to the Fortune 50

Today, IBM Cloud supports 47 of the 50 companies at the top of the Fortune 500, including American Airlines, AT&T, ABN Amro, Kaiser Permanente, Halliburton, Pratt & Whitney, Whirlpool, and Ethiad. This past quarter, we grew our as-a-service business 35 percent year-to-year, reaching $13.7 billion. We continue to invest billions in innovation, including clear leadership in AI with Watson APIs, and in IoT and Blockchain capabilities.

At the end of the day, we’re in this for you. We’ve got a lot coming your way over the next few months and we won’t stop investing heavily in cloud innovation. Are you coming along for the ride?



via Bluemix Blog

June 16, 2017 at 01:12PM