Trust in a public cloud is not good: IBM CEO

Bangalore: IBM CEO Arvind Krishna said hybrid cloud and AI are the two dominant forces driving digital transformation. Relying on only one infrastructure, like one public cloud, locks you in. Perhaps, more importantly, it locks you into one company’s innovation. So, hybrid cloud is about giving you the choice and the freedom to host your own software, ”said Krishna at IBM’s Think 2020 client and developer conference. The conference is being held virtually between Tuesday and Thursday.

Krishna emphasized how AI is permeating everything that companies and individuals do. “Every company will become an AI company, not because they can, they must. AI is the only way to scale innovation, ”he said. At the event, IBM announced AI-powered capabilities and services that are designed to help CIOs automate their IT infrastructures to be more resilient to future disruptions and to help reduce costs. Market intelligence firm IDC predicts that by 2024, enterprises that are powered by AI will be able to respond to customers, competitors, regulators, and partners 50% faster than those that are not using AI.

IBM also unveiled IBM Watson AIOps, a new offering that uses AI to automate how enterprises self-detect, diagnose and respond to IT anomalies in real-time. Unforeseen IT incidents and outages can cost businesses in both revenue and reputation. Market research firm Aberdeen pegs an outage at about $ 260,000/hour.

Watson AIOps enables organizations to introduce automation at the infrastructure level and is designed to help CIOs better predict and shape future results, focus resources on higher value work, and build more responsive and intelligent networks that can keep running for longer.

Krishna also rolled out IBM Cloud Satellite that allows clients to run workloads where it makes sense for them. Jason McGee, IBM Fellow and CTO wrote in a blogpost that this new service gives the ability to use IBM Cloud anywhere, delivered as-a-service from a single pane of glass, controlled through the public cloud. Unlike other public clouds, IBM Cloud is architected with an open source Kubernetes foundation for greater portability to IBM Cloud Satellite locations, the company said.

IBM and Red Hat launched new edge computing solutions for the 5G era where enterprises and telcos can deploy and manage AI, IoT and analytics workloads seamlessly.