IBM said it has over 100 pilots in place that see the company working with enterprises in a range of verticals to create cloud-based services integrated with Twitter. The move comes months after the two companies inked a deal that would see Twitter make its data stream available to Big Blue’s clients.
IBM has announced the launch of two Network Innovation Centres, where the company’s clients can experiment with software-defined networking and network function virtualisation technologies. The move seems aimed at bolstering its service provider business.
OpenPower Foundation members pulled the curtain back on a number of open source cloud datacentre technologies including the first commercially available OpenPower-based server, and the first open server spec that combines OpenStack, Open Compute and OpenPower architectures.
Data recently published by Synergy Research Group suggest Cisco and HP maintained their leadership of the cloud infrastructure kit market in the fourth quarter of last year, with the two firms accounting for over a quarter of worldwide server revenues globally.
IBM and Carnegie Mellon University are working on a cloud-based analytics platform the organisations say could help other firms significantly trim down their facilities management and utilities costs.
German software giant SAP announced a reorganisation this week that could impact up to 3 per cent of its global workforce as it continues to refocus its core business on cloud-based services.
IBM said it plans to offer OpenPower-based bare metal cloud services in its SoftLayer datacentres globally in the second quarter of this year.
IBM has acquired natural language processing specialist AlchemyAPI which the company said it would integrate with its cloud-based cognitive computing as a service platform Watson. The move will bolster the Watson developer ecosystem while expanding its capabilities.
IBM and Apple announced the second batch of enterprise-focused iOS apps, co-developed and supported by Bluemix and IBM’s cloud infrastructure, as the once-bitter rivals continue to target iOS device users in the enterprise.
IBM said at an investor meeting this week the company plans to pour $4bn into strategic technology initatives like cloud, big data and Watson in a bid to reap about ten times as much in revenue by 2018.