Tencent Technology News, in the cloud computing market dominated by Internet companies, IBM, the traditional enterprise IT services giant, seems to be marginalized, but the company is still trying its best to expand the influence of the cloud computing market.
According to the latest news from foreign media, on July 15, IBM announced that it has received a multi-billion dollar cloud computing contract from US telecommunications giant AT&T.
According to foreign media reports, IBM announced on Tuesday that it has signed a multi-year agreement with AT&T to allow AT&T to host its commercial applications on IBM cloud computing services.
An IBM spokesperson confirmed to the US media that the multi-billion dollar transaction would be “completed within a few years”, but did not specify the detailed amount and time frame of the cloud computing contract.
This is the first major cloud computing business that IBM has achieved since it acquired the open source software company “Red Hat” for $34 billion last week.
In October last year, IBM said it would acquire all of Red Hat's shares for $190 a share, the largest transaction ever made by IBM, which is seen as an important step in IBM's use of open source software to drive the cloud business.
As part of the cloud computing agreement announced on Tuesday, AT&T will use Red Hat's open source platform to manage workloads and applications and better serve corporate customers. AT&T and IBM will also collaborate on the development of an edge computing platform that leverages 5G networks and Internet-connected devices.
The so-called "cloud computing", that is, enterprises, governments or Internet companies no longer purchase servers, commercial software or telecom bandwidth to build their own data centers or networked rooms, directly from professional vendors by paying monthly or annual fees. Data center resources, built a dedicated "virtual data center". Cloud computing dramatically reduces the cost of building IT systems in the Internet age. Among them, many mobile Internet era startups rent services from companies such as Amazon, which quickly launch Internet application services around the world.
IBM is a globally recognized enterprise IT services and consulting firm, but in the cloud computing market, the company does not have a dominant position.
According to the 2018 global cloud computing report released by technology market research company Canaly, IBM cloud computing revenue last year was $3.1 billion, with only a global share of around 3%.
In contrast, Amazon has a 32% global share and earned about $25 billion in revenue. The second-ranked Google has a 8.5% share.
According to foreign media reports, the cloud computing business has become IBM's four pillars of business, and cloud computing revenue contribution ratio has increased sixfold since 2013. (Tencent Technology Review / Cheng Hao)