IBM announced that Gartner, Inc. has once again recognized IBM as a leader, placing the highest for ability to execute, in the newly published “Magic Quadrant for Data Center Outsourcing and Infrastructure Utility Services” reports for North America(1) and Europe(2).
IBM’s cloud leadership, as well as its focused strategy on mobile, social and security – which are further fueled by extensive R&D and technology investments in analytics and automation – are key differentiators that enable the company to seamlessly integrate and orchestrate infrastructure services across hybrid environments spanning both cloud and traditional IT models.
Gartner evaluates the top providers of data center outsourcing (DCO) and infrastructure utility services (IUS), which are often enabled by remote infrastructure management (RIM) services and increasingly include cloud computing components. Gartner includes in its evaluation cloud infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and platform as a service (PaaS) offerings that are part of IUS and data center managed services.
“As clients look to grow their business with innovative technologies such as cloud, analytics and mobile computing, they are looking for a trusted partner to help them integrate the new IT solutions with their existing investments,” said Philip Guido, General Manager, IBM Global Technology Services, North America. “We believe this recognition from Gartner reaffirms IBM’s market leadership in assisting clients to evolve their IT infrastructure and meet their business demands.”
IBM delivers a full spectrum of infrastructure services that enable organizations to capitalize on the transformative power of cloud and hybrid IT environments. The company draws upon its vast technical resources and global delivery network – spanning 330 delivery services data centers; 40 cloud data centers, including new SoftLayer data centers in Toronto and London; 11 security operations centers; and 145 business resilience centers – to provide clients with fast, reliable, security-rich data center services.
According to Gartner, “growth in data center services has shifted from traditional to new models, such as cloud IaaS and PaaS, reflecting a shift in competitive delivery models. Gartner predicts it will deliver a global compound annual growth rate of 12.4% for the period 2012 through 2018.” The research firm also “predicts the key business indicators of data center service providers will improve significantly during the next five years and make them a more competitive outsourcing choice.”