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IBM, American Tower to drive industry-wide edge computing with edge cloud services deployment

IBM, American Tower to drive industry-wide edge computing with edge cloud services deployment

IBM is collaborating with American Tower, a global digital infrastructure provider, with the aim of accelerating the deployment of a hybrid, multi-cloud computing platform at the edge.

Through the partnership, American Tower plans to expand its neutral-host, access edge data center ecosystem to include IBM Hybrid Cloud capabilities and Red Hat OpenShift. It’s been noted that the two companies will work together to help clients address their evolving customer requirements and expectations around innovative digital transformation through technologies such as IoT, 5G, AI, and network automation.

“At IBM, we’ve seen firsthand how edge computing can help enable fast data analysis, creating an opportunity for deeper insights, improved response times, operational efficiencies, and enhanced customer experience,” says IBM in a written press release.

“Global enterprises seek cost-effective connected solutions to help solve key line-of-business problems, and bringing the cloud to the edge offers a potential solution. This transformative technology is designed to create new opportunities by bringing enterprise applications closer to data sources such as IoT devices or edge servers.”

American Tower is an owner, operator and developer of communications real estate solutions that has a portfolio of assets including nearly 225,000 wireless and broadcast towers, rooftops, and in-building systems across 25 countries, and an interconnected footprint of U.S. data center facilities, after acquiring CoreSite in 2021.

Both companies say the opportunity to leverage their assets and deliver customer value at scale boils down to the rising interest in distributed edge computing.

IBM plans to provide American Tower with a hybrid cloud platform and automated systems to create an edge cloud at American Tower distributed real estate locations.

“As a result of this collaboration, we aim to give enterprises more flexibility to deploy applications – on public clouds, at the edge, or on premises. This can help to securely process and quickly analyze data closer to the point where it is created,” the company adds.

American Tower and IBM plan on providing infrastructure for enterprises to help them tap into the full potential of edge computing.

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