February 2, 2016
With the effort to provide hybrid cloud solution to US federal government, IBM has extended its service capacity by adding five new cloud partners. With the IBM’s FedRAMP-certified SoftLayer, each partner is expected to collaborate in addressing cloud solutions for the federal customers. The following are IBM’s new 5 partners:
Arrow Electronics. Arrow will assist the partners in integrating cloud service into their products and services. According to the vice president and general manager of Arrow’s cloud enterprise, Steve Robinson, partnership with IBM will help in delivering worthiness and quality to the public channel partners.
Avnet Government Solutions. The role of Avnet is to speed up establishment of secured and scaled cloud base in order to deliver quality cloud services, by allowing agencies to place data where and when it is needed. The vice president of Avnet solutions explained that they are ideal for assisting the partners in marketing IBM’s SoftLayer federal cloud.
Ingram. Through the Ingram Micro Cloud Maretplace, Ingram helps in marketing, selling, and supporting the IBM Cloud. The partners will be configuring and managing the IBM Cloud through an online portal.
Tech Data Corporation. This is world’s giant distributor of technology products, services, and solutions. With the advanced logistics and value added services, Tech Data Corporation can enable thousands of resellers to efficiently satisfy the huge need of technology among users.
ViON. With more than 10 years experience as an Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) solution provider, ViON is capable of offering on-promise private cloud in addressing plans for hybrid cloud service provision.
The federal agencies have begun to realize the value of cloud, though they require a dependable partner to assist them take a solid step forward. IBM together with their new partners have put in place a number of strategic plans to assist them shift to cloud solutions in a secure manner. The new partners are entitled to embark on reselling and marketing IBM Cloud Services, putting into account the government customers’ needs, geared towards implementing more hybrid cloud solutions. FedRAMP, one of the IBM’s federal market portfolios, is required by agencies that deal with sensitive and confidential information, including personal details. The partners are also allowed to access Bluemix and Company’s Software IBM platforms.
The new IBM’s extension of its services is expected to bring in positive outcomes in the near future, as far as dividends are concerned. According to IDC, this takes into consideration the difference between the overall interest in federal cloud and the computed government spending. So far, the estimated figure of the federal applications that run in the cloud is about 6%. However, according to IDC, it was uncovered that the Administration has planned a huge financial budget for cloud computing in 2016, which amounts to approximately $7.3 billion.
The budget is quite attractive for IBM, as well as other companies that offer cloud services. If the figure will be retained as it is, IBM and the other cloud service providers will have a great opportunity to reap high returns from the federal government.