IBM - Cloud Infrastructure Migration and Management
Who Is This Vendor Assessment For?
NelsonHall’s Cloud Infrastructure Migration and Management VendorAssessment for IBM is a comprehensive assessment of IBM’s cloudinfrastructure migration and management offerings and capabilitiesdesigned for:
Sourcing managers monitoring the capabilities of existing suppliers of IT services and identifying vendor suitability for cloud infrastructuremigration and management services
Vendor marketing, sales and business managers looking to benchmark themselves against their peers
Financial analysts and investors specializing in the cloud infrastructure migration and management sector.
Key Findings & Highlights
In June 2013, IBM announced the formation of its Cloud Services division to encompass the breadth of its cloud offerings, from SaaS to IaaS. This announcement was made in conjunction with the acquisition of SoftLayer.SoftLayer enabled IBM to expand from its private cloud offering,SmartCloud, into public and hybrid cloud. It provided IBM with 13 datacenters dedicated to public cloud, and has become the foundation ofIBM’s public cloud offering.In January 2015, IBM acquired Blue Box to expand its capabilities inhybrid cloud, as well as to further its commitment to utilizing open sourcetechnologies. Blue Box’s hybrid platform is based on OpenStack.IBM’s core cloud offering is its IaaS which is built on SoftLayer. IBMacquired SoftLayer in June 2013, to complement its existing private cloudofferings with SoftLayer’s public cloud offering. Possessing 13 datacenters and ~21k customers at the time of purchase, SoftLayer wasacquired to both compete against Amazon Web Services and facilitate theexpansion of IBM’s hybrid cloud offerings.Of IBM’s total ~378k headcount, as reported at the end of 2015,NelsonHall estimates that ~5k of these within the Global TechnologyServices group are associated with delivering cloud services.IBM has a footprint of 46 cloud datacenters worldwide, includingSoftLayer and IBM Cloud Managed Services data centers. It recentlyannounced the opening of its 46th cloud data center, located inJohannesburg, South Africa.
Scope of the Report
The report provides a comprehensive and objective analysis of IBM’scloud infrastructure migration and management offerings, capabilities,and market and financial strength, including:
Analysis of the company’s offerings and key service components
Identification of the company’s strategy, emphasis and newdevelopments
Analysis of the profile of the company’s customer base including thecompany’s targeting strategy and examples of current contracts
Analysis of the company’s strengths, weaknesses, and outlook.