18 May
2016

IBM Is Creating Breakthroughs in Cloud Computing

By the end of 2017, nearly half of all large enterprises are expected to deploy hybrid cloud operations extensively, according to Gartner. All the signs are there that cloud computing will be the dominant technology of the foreseeable future, due to its flexibility, cost-effectiveness and ability to scale.

IBM is one of the companies that saw the potential of the cloud early on and invested heavily in its research and development capabilities. Today, the company owns over one-third of all U.S. patent registrations in cloud computing, which is double that of its nearest competitor, Microsoft. With over 400 patents registered in 2015 alone, IBM was able to record $10.8 billion in cloud computing revenue for the twelve months leading up to April 2016.

 

Technology Breakthroughs

IBM’s intense focus on research is leading to some remarkable breakthroughs. The IBM Quantum Experience, for example, has made a 5 qubit processor available to the general public via the IBM Cloud. Arvind Krishna, senior VP and director of IBM Research, explains that quantum computing will extend beyond what is imaginable with today’s computers. He continues to say that it will enable researchers to innovate more quickly in the quantum field and help discover new applications for this technology.

Healthcare is another area that is beginning to benefit greatly from IBM’s years of R&D. The IBM Watson Health cognitive computing system is just one of many applications bringing the power of machine learning and big data processing to a range of medical specializations, including microsurgery, burn surgery and crano-facial surgery.

Due to today’s hybrid IT environment, it’s critical for the cloud infrastructure to work in both on-premise and off-premise environments. While IBM’s PureApplication system enables organizations to create a fast and simple on-premise cloud environment that minimizes risks, IBM’s SoftLayer integrates with it seamlessly and provides the off-premise cloud infrastructure to create a complete hybrid IT system.

The good news for developers is the close integration of the systems. The company explains in a white paper that when workloads move between on-site and off-site clouds, the pattern travels with it, so businesses can configure their systems once and use them anywhere.

With the extraordinary commitment to ongoing research and development, the emergence of game-changing technologies such as Quantum Experience and the undeniable embrace of cloud technologies, IBM is perfectly positioned to cement its dominance in the industry for the foreseeable future and also enable stunning innovation from its partners around the globe.

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