IBM, using Red Hat technology, teams with AT&T to deploy cloud via 5G – WRAL Tech Wire

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK – IBM is teaming with AT&T to offer cloud computing services over next-generation 5G network technology that is rapidly being deployed across the US. And Raleigh-based Red Hat is a key part of the equation.

IBM and AT&T see 5G as a “$667 billion market” by 2026, offering what they say is “a new frontier in cloud computing – where data collected from billions of mobile devices and factory floor sensors – can be processed where the data resides, delivering low latency and efficiency.”

Big Blue, which operates a data center in RTP, is deploying a new program called IBM Cloud Satellite which includes Red Hat OpenShift technology for so-called hybrid cloud deployments. Hybrid includes private and public cloud offerings for customers.

OpenShift offers customers automate updating, scaling and provisioning, IBM says.

IBM acquired Red Hat last year, focusing on Hatter technology as a means to expand cloud computing which Big Blue sees as a trillion dollar business opportunity. Red Hat’s importance will grow even more as IBM moves toward a division of the company with its services group to be spun off.

A graphic from IBM shows how OpenShift works.

AT&T’s 5G network offers higher speeds, more security and less latency than other cellular networks, the partners say.

“Speedy implementation, better customer experiences, centralized management and enhanced security through IBM’s sophisticated encryption capabilities,” are part of the offering. “IBM will also bring its AI [artificial intelligence[ capabilities via IBM Watson to deliver deeper insights for clients in near real time from data collected at the edge.”

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Research firm Gartner describes edge computing ““a part of a distributed computing topology in which information processing is located close to the edge – where things and people produce or consume that information.”

“The advancements in 5G and edge are impacting every industry, bringing the promise of enhanced experiences for consumers and new revenue opportunities for businesses,” said Howard Boville, senior vice president of IBM Hybrid Cloud, in the announcement.

“Together with AT&T, we will be helping clients securely leverage 5G and edge offerings in any environment with IBM’s open and secure hybrid cloud platform. This marks a significant step forward increasing the possibilities of 5G and edge in the enterprise.”

Read the full announcement at this link.

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