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Colt enhances IBM partnership to collaborate 5G Edge

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Colt Technology Services announced today to collaborate with IBM to help customers adopt an edge computing strategy. This will allow customers to move data and applications across hybrid cloud environments, from private data centres to the edge. 

Colt will now work with IBM to explore innovative use cases using IBM Cloud Satellite and Edge Application Manager, designed to benefit enterprise customers globally across 29,000 enterprise buildings.

The company noted that organisations are adopting new cloud technologies designed to address their business challenges but managing this new distributed infrastructure paradigm is not simple. In particular, when these applications have stringent location-dependent requirements like low latency, regional data compliance and resiliency. 

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Colt said the collaboration, in a lab setting, has shown how deploying IBM Cloud Satellite on Colt’s edge platform can be simplified for customers. IBM Cloud Satellite is IBM’s hybrid cloud offering, built on Red Hat OpenShift, will allows customers to deploy secure and open IBM Cloud services anywhere –on-premises, on any public cloud, or at the edge. 

The company said the virtual machines for IBM Cloud Satellite can be instantiated and configured using a management and orchestration tool with zero-touch provisioning. 

Colt’s on-demand networking capabilities are designed to help critical connectivity be provisioned in near real- time to help enable distributed cloud deployments with IBM Edge.

The IBM Edge Application Manager, autonomous management technology that runs on Red Hat OpenShift, enables secured operations. It is claimed to be the industry’s first solution powered by the open source project Linux Foundation Open Horizon.  

“We look forward to collaborating with Colt to help customers deploy, operate and manage thousands of endpoints throughout their operations with IBM Cloud Satellite and IBM Edge Application Manager,” said Evaristus Mainsah, GM, IBM Hybrid Cloud and Edge Ecosystem. 

Colt is part of IBM’s partner ecosystem, collaborating with more than 30 equipment manufacturers, networking, IT & software providers to implement open standards-based cloud-native solutions that can autonomously manage edge applications at scale.

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