Global network services company Colt is expanding its partnership with IBM to include the IBM Cloud Satellite solution in the Colt edge computing platform. IBM Cloud Satellite allows organizations to securely extend IBM Cloud to any environment where their workloads are running.
By utilizing the combined services, organizations can leverage “consistent and secured” cloud services for applications such as AI, cybersecurity and automation. This is regardless of whether their workloads are in a public or private cloud, on-premises or at the edge of the network.
Using this foundation as a starting point, Colt and IBM will develop new AI, 5G and IoT applications for their customers that require low latency. These applications can be deployed at various points within Colt’s IQ Network, which spans more than 29,000 buildings and 900 data centers, on customer premises and at the network edge. In addition, Colt’s close collaboration with IBM, on-demand network services and SD WAN functionality would help companies accelerate their digital transformation.
“I look forward to taking our relationship to the next level by bringing the best of Colt to IBM and vice versa,” said Keri Gilder, CEO of Colt. “This represents an opportunity to combine our market-leading connectivity with IBM’s technology and consulting to provide our end users with superior solutions. The combination of Colt’s Dedicated Cloud Access (DCA) On Demand with IBM’s capabilities enables us to transform business-critical applications faster than ever and usher in a new chapter for enterprise IT with 5G and edge computing solutions.”
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IBM Delivery Model
To bolster the partnership, Colt will use an IBM model for the delivery of network services. It will also enlist the support of IBM Global Business Services – a services integrator for the telecom industry. The goal is to provide seamless delivery and integration of network services and to accelerate the development of their Virtual Networking solutions. This should eliminate the risks associated with migrating end customers’ business critical applications to the cloud, another area where Colt and IBM have decided to work together.
“We are committed to helping Colt transform its business solutions to meet the rapidly changing needs of its customers. This intensified collaboration will allow our joint customers to leverage open hybrid cloud technologies,” said Steve Canepa, global GM and managing director IBM Communications Sector. “With this, they can benefit from flexible deployments, enhanced security and advanced network services that serve as their innovation engine. The combination of Colt’s IQ Network and On Demand solutions with IBM Cloud Satellite with our market-leading technology and deep industry expertise will help Colt and its customers achieve faster digital transformation and faster business results.”