IBM Preps Cloud Partner Program, Targets Cloud Service Providers

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IBM is preparing to launch a cloud computing-specific partner program early next year, but the Armonk, N.Y.-based tech giant isn't spilling details of the program just yet.

Word of Big Blue's full-fledged cloud partner program came Thursday as IBM launched a new cloud computing platform for telcos, ISPs and communications service providers (CSPs) called the IBM Cloud Service Provider Platform.

"Providers that adopt IBM Cloud Service Provider Platform will receive new support and benefits to help them access the IBM partner ecosystem to extend, market, enable and sell their cloud services," IBM said in the announcement for the new platform. "These new benefits are available immediately and will be formally rolled out early next year as part of a broader new cloud partner program."

Drew Clark, director of strategy for IBM's Venture Capital Group, said the program on tap for next year will be much more structured than the current model and designed to accommodate channel partners and technology partners. Additional program details were not available Thursday.

"There are a lot of things we're rolling out in stages," he said. "There are going to be things we're announcing next year."


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