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HFS 2019 Report names IBM preferred partner for cloud engagements

Cloud infrastructure—public, hosted private and on-premise—is increasingly less siloed, allowing workloads to be more portable and data streams more mobile. And with COVID-19 disrupting businesses inside-out, cloud infrastructure is becoming an obvious choice for companies to keep their ship sailing. Cloud infrastructure allows businesses to scale their computing power to cope up with fluctuating demands; offers reliable connectivity; ensures product development with enterprise-grade productivity from any setting. While the workforce shifts to a work-from-home setup, data loss due to hardware failure or complete reliability on physical data centers can also pose a major challenge to companies. But cloud, with multiple redundancies built into its core infrastructure, protects businesses from such interruptions.

According to a Markets and Markets report, the global cloud computing market size is expected to grow from USD 371.4 billion in 2020 to USD 832.1 billion by 2025, at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 17.5% during the forecast period.

Choosing the right cloud partner in your data migration journey
Companies have access to more data than ever but storing it without a reliable cloud partner can be tricky. Cloud services can provide a more flexible option for storing data. If the company’s needs increase, it is easy to scale up the cloud capacity, drawing on the service’s remote servers.

When it comes to migrating to the cloud, a cloud partner becomes more essential than a service provider. This is especially true for larger enterprises that need help navigating the changing ecosystem. In a short span of time, hyper-scale public cloud providers have taken up huge chunks of the market. The biggest challenge that enterprises face is understanding what their current architecture and future roadmap look like to accurately prioritize and map out migration projects. To solve this problem, cloud partners have come up with a wide range of solutions to map out infrastructure, architecture, and dependencies.

The competitive advantage of choosing IBM as a cloud partner
According to HFS 2019 Report, IBM continues to retain market confidence for its ability to deliver on cloud engagements. Leveraging IBM Watson and other automation and analytics tools, IBM has also been able to deliver significant business value as part of cloud migration engagements.

From the customer perspective, and from an innovation and execution point of view, IBM has established an unrivalled reputation for delivery on cloud engagements. According to the report, here’s what makes IBM the partner of choice while migrating to the cloud:

Deploying apps on a responsive, global cloud infrastructure
Companies can get the agility and precise control they need with IBM's Cloud Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS). IBM Cloud offers a single-pane portal to control and tune different services and a single API with a wide range of function calls. IBM uses its cloud offering for customers like the Australian Open tennis tournament to ensure great user experience and top-notch availability.

Migrating complicated legacy applications with flexible infrastructure
Migrating complex legacy applications to the cloud is now simpler with IBM's flexible infrastructure. IBM Cloud and its underlying architecture have been highlighted by Gartner for its range of features. This broad supply of capabilities is why gaming companies with complicated demands for resource-intensive games like Multiplay and KUULUU have moved to IBM Cloud.

Delivering innovative services with Research & Development
The only Platform as a service (PaaS) featuring IBM Watson technology is IBM Cloud. In addition to Watson, companies can also take advantage of other services created by IBM R&D like log analysis, or auto-scaling.

Utilizing a ready pool of talent
Companies often struggle to execute great business plans for the sheer lack of the right talent. Through IBM and its University Outreach program in the US, along with developer-focused conferences like InterConnect , companies now have access to a huge pool of candidates.

Cloud initiatives are expected to account for 70% of all tech spending by 2020. As much as 80% of organizations are predicted to migrate to the cloud by 2025. IBM, as a corporation supporting the technology industry, has been around for more than a century. Some people have even gone on to say that Western Civilization runs on mainframe technology, which was developed and is currently maintained by IBM. With IBM's commitment to the cloud, companies can safely and securely choose IBM Cloud to be the foundation of their apps and services.