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IBM unlocks new public cloud capabilities

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Jenna Delport
Jenna Delport
I’m a tech writer, world traveller, avocado-eater and dog lover, not always in that order.

Earlier this week, IBM announced that it’s introducing new capabilities to its public cloud. According to the global tech company, its public cloud uses the only commercially available state-of-art cryptographic technology.

New capabilities aim to make IBM’s public cloud the most open and secure platform for enterprises to run mission-critical workloads.

Thanks to encryption keys and cryptographic operations, users are protected and are the only ones who can control access to their data. Here’s a closer look at IBM’s new public cloud capabilities:


  • Increased bandwidth for its next-gen virtual servers on the cloud up to 80 Gbps, making the public cloud hyperscale-ready.
  • Expansion of IBM’s global cloud data centre footprint with new multizone regions (MZR) planned for Toronto, Canada and Osaka, Japan by the end of 2020, building on the recently announced MZR in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
  • The same IBM Power Systems technology behind the world’s smartest supercomputers, Summit and Sierra, is expected to be available for select geographies by the end of 2019 in the IBM Cloud
  • New IBM Security Advisor features that’ll detect security misconfigurations.

“Open architectures, based on Kubernetes and containers, are driving the next wave of cloud-based innovation. That’s why IBM has just completed a two-year journey to enhance its public cloud on a foundation of open-source software,” says Arvind Krishna, Senior VP of Cloud and Cognitive Software, IBM.

“We are going a step further by unveiling new capabilities for the IBM public cloud, designed to provide clients with the highest available level of security, leading data protection and enterprise-grade infrastructure to run Red Hat OpenShift.”

IBM reported last week that its cloud business generated more than $20 billion in revenue over the last 12 months.

Edited by Jenna Cook

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