IBM’s Global Cloud Initiative Hits MSPs Where It Helps
On September 26, 2012, IBM launched a global cloud initiative focused on providing technical expertise to Managed Service Providers (MSPs)*. But, expertise isn’t the only thing IBM offers up for MSPs; it enables organizations to explore cloud computing on IBM technology, namely, IBM’s SmartCloud and PureSystems. Businesses look to MSPs for assistance in leveraging the power and the availability of cloud-based solutions. Unfortunately, many businesses aren’t taking advantage of cloud solutions due to a technical knowledge gap. IBM’s initiative enables MSPs to build their businesses by offering deep technical cloud expertise and the hardware quality to make it work.
As part of the global cloud initiative launch, IBM opened new Global Centers of Excellence for greater access to technical expertise and to better address the growing need for cloud services and support. The Centers are located in Shanghai, Tokyo, Ehningen (Germany) and in New York City.
IBM’s initiative will allow MSPs to gain hands-on experience and face-to-face interaction with cloud experts to build confidence in recommending cloud solutions to their customers. IBM cloud technology is built on open standards and enables MSPs to provide cloud-based offerings to customers more economically, more quickly and with more expertise than the closest competitor.
One of the major barriers to cloud computing adoption has been security. IBM understands, better than anyone, the requirement for security in the cloud. Healthcare facilities, law enforcement agencies, financial institutions and educational institutions are especially security conscious. IBM and its partners, such as Perimeter E-Security, assist your company and your MSP in securing communications and your data without breaking your bank account in the process.
IBM’s global cloud initiative has netted more than 1,400 MSP relationships to date. The IBM-MSP relationships enable small and medium-sized businesses access to the best available technologies and true cloud computing expertise at an affordable price in every country on the planet.
This initiative solidifies IBM’s dedication to small and medium-sized businesses and enables those businesses to compete in a global market regardless of size or physical presence. By helping the MSP, IBM is helping you to compete, to collaborate and to focus on your customers.
*A Managed Service Provider is a hosting company or an access provider that also offers IT consulting services to assist customers in network management, setting up online services, creating and managing virtual private networks, storage management, setting up telephony services and cloud computing. MSPs may act as an outsourced IT services company for business customers.
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This post was written as part of the IBM for Midsize Business program, which provides midsize businesses with the tools, expertise and solutions they need to become engines of a smarter planet.