Megaport and IBM Empower Enterprise Cloud

Megaport enables enterprises with direct connectivity to IBM Cloud for access to next-generation technologies.

Next-generation technologies are revolutionising interactive capabilities between enterprises and their customers, advancing product design, and changing the way organisations can predict requests. Machine Learning (ML), Artificial Intelligence (AI), and High Performance Computing (HPC) are among the most valuable forward-thinking applications to recently come out of the supercomputing world. This trend has evolved far beyond self-driving cars.

 

IBM’s AI platform for business, Watson, is transforming efficiency within the healthcare industry. Watson is assisting Merge Healthcare to manage over one billion medical images in the cloud. The platform is used to classify X-Ray, MRI, and ultrasound images into categories such as body part and tissue type. Collecting metadata from images, and gaining a better understanding of the relationships between files, enables professionals to effectively treat future patients. There is a multitude of uses for AI across different industries already and with the accessibility of these new technologies, comes an unprecedented tidal wave of data for enterprises to manage.

 

Thinking about where this wave will land should be a major consideration for organisations. How will this data be managed and accessed? The big decision for enterprises is whether to host workloads either on-premises or in the cloud – however, it can be both. Building a hybrid cloud strategy is a flexible solution and 85% of business leaders believe hybrid cloud accelerates digital transformation. Benefits include the ability to store mission-critical workloads securely, within arm’s reach, while having the room to innovate within a powerful public cloud environment.

 

Today, we’re announcing the enablement of IBM Cloud via the Megaport Software Defined Network (SDN). Enterprises can now leverage dedicated access, with greater network performance, between their on-premise infrastructure and IBM’s IaaS and PaaS platforms. They can provision multiple direct connections from a single Port to IBM Cloud, across North America, Asia-Pacific, and Europe. Highly-available, dedicated cloud access empowers enterprises deploying workloads that require super low latency, such as AI applications. We provide rapid, scalable, and on-demand connectivity so that any-sized organisations can leverage the technologies they need to gain a competitive edge. Customers can rapidly provision a new Virtual Cross Connection (VXC) to IBM, regardless of where IBM Cloud Direct Link is enabled. This can be controlled from our intuitive megaport.al or set of APIs.

 

Business leaders are constantly looking for ways to get closer to the data edge and to where their input data originates. If an organisation operated from corporate data centres in New York and aimed to have their AI application, like Watson, provide real-time suggestions to users in Dallas, they would need to establish servers and additional physical telecommunication circuits in this region to avoid time delay. Through Megaport, the organisation could now provision a highly-available VXC–up to 10Gbps–at the same time as establishing new servers in Dallas. This would quickly and simply achieve the low-latency, on-demand connectivity required by Watson.

 

IBM continues to expand in order to address this demand and make new technologies more widely accessible on their network. The company announced four new data centres, earlier this year, in cities including London, San Jose, and Sydney, broadening their global footprint to nearly 60 locations across 19 countries. Megaport also continues to increase accessibility by expanding into data centres beyond typical on-ramp locations, recently reaching 175+ locations globally. Megaport helps both enterprises and Cloud Service Providers expand the data edge by bridging the location gap with direct connectivity.

 

Next-generation technologies have become an integral part of everyday business for enterprises. Megaport and IBM are enabling enterprises to gain a competitive edge with these technologies through greater access and control.

 

To learn more about IBM on the Megaport Network, read our infopaper here. For more information, please complete the form below.

Matt Simpson

Author: Matt Simpson

Head of Global Cloud Strategy

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