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Kyndryl Bridge Promises App, Provider Integration And Automation

Joseph F. Kovar

‘We have a tremendous amount of application capabilities and the ability to digitize them and turn them to as-a-service. We want to shorten the time to integrate, deploy, and tether everything to a hybrid cloud solution,’ says Kyndryl CTO Antoine Shagoury.

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Kyndryl CTO Antoine Shagoury

Global infrastructure services provider Kyndryl Tuesday introduced Kyndryl Bridge, a new platform the company said will help businesses better integrate and orchestrate their complex IT infrastructures to better meet their mission-critical requirements.

Customers are looking for ways to turn their applications and operations into as-a-service capabilities, and Kyndryl Bridge makes that possible by taking advantage of the solution provider’s engineering capabilities, said Antoine Shagoury, chief technology officer for the New York-based company.

Kyndryl has an opportunity to digitize the integration of a wide range of services, hyperscalers, WAN providers, and so on, Shagoury said.

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“We’ve created a lot of skills and aligned them with our IP (intellectual property), APIs, engineering capabilities, and 3,000-plus patents,” he said. “We have a tremendous amount of application capabilities and the ability to digitize them and turn them to as-a-service. We want to shorten the time to integrate, deploy, and tether everything to a hybrid cloud solution.”

The Kyndryl Bridge is a platform operating model built on native cloud capabilities, Shagoury said. It features a fully-open architecture that the company can use to create a dynamic catalog of vendor partner services, he said.

Kyndryl is taking a completely agnostic approach to customers with Kyndryl Bridge, Shagoury said.

“Our clients are across the world, with tons of variations in applications, tools, infrastructure, and the providers they use,” he said. “We don’t say we’ll deliver one provider over another. It’s about using our engineering skills and tools to deliver results businesses specifically require.”

To illustrate Kyndryl Bridge, Shagoury outlined a few potential scenarios.

For instance, he said, a lot of midsize enterprise businesses are showing interest in turnkey services to ensure their applications and data are mobile. “We can provide a combination of cloud and edge capabilities across different service providers,” he said. “So, for example, we might build an AWS extension through Kyndryl Bridge to Microsoft 365.”

In another example, Shagoury said Kyndryl Bridge can be use to integrate services from third-party providers to help accelerate different areas of their business. “For example, we can help manage services worldwide across multiple subsidiaries,” he said. “We become a broker of those services.”

These types of complex integrations are among the most difficult areas for customers looking to implement change, Shagoury said.

“For us and our customers, the benefit of Kyndryl Bridge is it’s built on a standard framework,” he said. “We allow customization through standardization. It’s like a mobile phone. Everyone may have the same apps, but their screen is customized for each user.”

Joseph F. Kovar

Joseph F. Kovar is a senior editor and reporter for the storage and the non-tech-focused channel beats for CRN. He keeps readers abreast of the latest issues related to such areas as data life-cycle, business continuity and disaster recovery, and data centers, along with related services and software, while highlighting some of the key trends that impact the IT channel overall. He can be reached at jkovar@thechannelcompany.com.

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