Partners See Doors Opening As IBM Adds Dozens Of Data Services To Cloud Platform

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IBM beefed up its cloud platform Thursday with dozens of new data services that extend popular open-source technologies to enterprise customers.

The rallying cry from IBM these days is "open for data" -- a commitment to proven, open technologies and standards that "elevate data to a first-class citizen," Adam Kocolowski, CTO of IBM Analytics Platform and Cloud Data Services, told CRN.

That vision manifested itself in the new offerings Big Blue added to its Bluemix Platform-as-a-Service -- services that enable users of all levels to get working with large data sets and advanced analytic methods, he said.

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Kevin Goodman, managing director at BlueBridge Networks, a dedicated and cloud hosting provider based in Cleveland that offers the IBM cloud suite to customers, told CRN that "IBM is showing brilliant leadership in the cognitive era."

The data products being introduced to Bluemix, in addition to IBM’s place in the cognitive cloud marketplace and the Watson practice, help trigger engagements for the company's channel, he said.

"The IBM tool sets to help partners succeed are becoming more and more clear and available," Goodman told CRN.

A common refrain from customers, Kocolowski said, is they see data tools maturing and even though they are increasingly confident in the capabilities of those technologies, they struggle with the sheer volume of data available to them.

"The tools and techniques haven't kept pace with the explosion of data we're dealing with," Kocolowski told CRN.

One major addition to Bluemix is Compose Enterprise, a product of IBM's 2015 acquisition. The new Database-as-a-Service enables users to rapidly deploy open-source databases in a repeatable, consistent fashion. IBM has taken the containerized platform developed by the startup and put it in the hands of enterprise IT departments, he said.

That will help IT organizations better respond to the demands of line-of-business leaders, Kocolowski told CRN.

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