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Colt teams up with IBM to collaborate on 5G and edge solutions

The partnership will enable customers to move data and applications seamlessly across hybrid cloud environments

Colt Technology Services has joined IBM's partner ecosystem to collaborate with the tech giant on edge solutions for enterprise customers. 

The bandwidth and connectivity solutions provider said the aim is to enable customers to move data and applications seamlessly across hybrid cloud environments, from private data centres to the edge. 

The move will see the pair jointly explore innovative use cases using IBM Cloud Satellite and Edge Application Manager, which is designed to benefit its enterprise customers based across 29,000 enterprise buildings globally. 

“We look forward to collaborating with Colt to help customers deploy, operate and manage thousands of endpoints throughout their operations with IBM Cloud Satellite and IBM Edge Application Manager,” commented Evaristus Mainsah, general manager at IBM Hybrid Cloud and Edge Ecosystem. 

“Together we can help enterprises accelerate their digital transformation by acting on insights closer to where their data is being created, at the edge.”

IBM Cloud Satellite is IBM’s hybrid cloud offering, built on Red Hat OpenShift, that is designed to allow customers to deploy secure and open IBM Cloud services on premises, on any public cloud, or at the edge

Virtual machines for the platform can be instantiated and configured using a management and orchestration tool with zero-touch provisioning. 

Additionally, Colt’s on-demand networking capabilities help critical connectivity be provisioned in near real-time to enable distributed cloud deployments with IBM Edge Application Manager for its customers, especially in industries such as retail and healthcare.

As part of IBM’s partner ecosystem, Colt is able to collaborate with more than 30 equipment manufacturers, networking, IT and software providers to help implement open standards-based cloud-native solutions that can autonomously manage edge applications at scale, the firm said.

“Colt and IBM have been working together for many years across multiple markets and verticals with a focus on accelerating digital transformation,” said Mark Hollman, VP Partner Development and Success at Colt. “As we see an increasing demand for multi and distributed cloud environments, we will collaborate on how we can serve our joint customers. 

“We’re exploring now how we combine our Colt IQ Network with IBM’s hybrid cloud platform, to help deliver innovative solutions designed to help accelerate digital transformation for our enterprise customers.”

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