IBM opens up Watson to run on anything, anywhere

HCL and IBM collaborate to accelerate clients’ hybrid cloud journey

HCL and IBM collaborate to accelerate clients’ hybrid cloud journey

On Tuesday, IBM introduced and made available Watson Anywhere, a version of the cognitive platform that can be deployed on any public or private cloud, be it IBM's or a competitor's. "The challenge in this environment is to overcome data and technology siloes to quickly deploy new business services and applications with security".

IBM aims to help organizations save money and time by applying AI where they store their data.

IBM Watson services, including Watson Assistant and Watson OpenScale, will be able to run on any cloud, according to the release.

IBM said Santander is building a new IT architecture as a foundation for its hybrid cloud environment and has formed its own Cloud Competence Center.

Services like Assistant and Openscale are available across technologies such as on-premises, or any private, public, hybrid, or multi-cloud environment. IBM says by connecting virtually everything from a simple pair of applications to the most complex business environments, MQ helps organizations improve business responsiveness, control costs, reduce risk and gain real-time awareness from mobile, IoT and sensor data. "But a new-found confidence is emerging as more banks move to adopting hybrid cloud solutions..., the secret sauce to rapid innovation".

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IBM will rely on the open-source software package Kubernetes to make the links to rival clouds. Later this year, IBM will bring additional Watson services to ICP for Data, including Watson Knowledge Studio and Watson Natural Language Understanding. Once Red Hat is fully under IBM's umbrella, it seems likely that Red Hat's infrastructure expertise will unlock cloud portability for future IBM data-centric services, Watson and otherwise.

The IBM Services Multicloud Management is created to simplify multicloud IT operations through a single system, and the IBM Services for Cloud Strategy and Design will connect businesses with the IBM Cloud Advisory, a set of newly-appointed cloud strategy specialists, to help them devise integration and operations strategies. Companies can also develop conversational services such as virtual customer-service agents, IBM said.

The new services include the IBM Cloud Integration Platform to help launch new services and applications across cloud environments and IBM services to advise on multicloud strategies and simplify the management of resources across cloud environments. The service lets customers track costs and monitor service levels among other tasks.

The company also launched AWS outposts late past year, offering fully managed and configurable storage racks built with its hardware that allow customers to run its services on-premises, while connecting to the wider array of services in the cloud.

At the core of the BMC Helix Cognitive Service Management offering are three key attributes, including cloud, containers, and cognitive capabilities.

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