Singapore - Building on its $2 billion acquisition of SoftLayer , IBM (NYSE: IBM ) today announced a series of new offerings that fuse together high value cloud and analytics capabilities to further help clients drive business transformation and growth.
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As part of this expansion, IBM is announcing new social business and mobile offerings for its 100+ software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution portfolio , integrated cloud capabilities with SoftLayer assets and new expert integrated systems for hybrid cloud computing environments.
With today's news, IBM is also announcing a series of global clients that are turning to IBM's cloud capabilities as a transformative growth engine in their industry. These include Surfline Communications , a telecommunications provider in Ghana; and TienPhong Commercial Joint Stock Bank , one of the leading financial institutions in Vietnam.
In the new era of computing, the opportunity for cloud is growing exponentially. In fact, 60 percent of all enterprises are predicted to adopt some form of cloud computing this year, according to Gartner Research. In addition, GigaOm Research forecast $158 billion in global cloud computing investment by 2014.
SoftLayer Infrastructure as the Foundation of IBM Cloud Portfolio
Since its recent acquisition, SoftLayer has already added 1,600 new clients to its existing roster of 21,000 clients in 140 countries. SoftLayer infrastructure will be the foundation of IBM's cloud portfolio.
IBM is beginning to shift its cloud portfolio to SoftLayer infrastructure -- first among many of these shifts includes the IBM Social Learning platform, a first of its kind social enablement platform that is part of its Smarter Workforce portfolio and is already in use under the name OpenPediatrics at Boston Children's Hospital with 420 hospitals in 78 countries on six continents.
Today, IBM is announcing that is it commercializing the IBM Social Learning platform on SoftLayer technology to apply it across a variety of industries, such as retail, energy and utilities, government, healthcare and automotive. Now this unique combination of SoftLayer assets and IBM's cloud capabilities, built on open standards, is able to offer organizations the ability to share knowledge and expertise through real-time videos via a hybrid cloud computing environment. For example, doctors at Boston Children's Hospital can share training videos with clinicians halfway across the globe to demonstrate the latest life-saving techniques in child care. Planned to be available in December 2013, this new platform will be delivered as a service to clients.