Lava joins hands with IBM Cloud to escalate Business Operations

Lava joins hands with IBM Cloud to escalate Business Operations 

To ensure continuous business operations, manage costs and improve overall resiliency, Lava International Ltd. has selected IBM SmartCloud Virtualized Server Recovery (VSR) services.

IBM’s SmartCloud VSR services provide world-class automation and cloud tools to help businesses facilitate quicker recovery time and increase reliability of their server recovery. Lava now has a backup option to support its more than 2,000 internal and external users, including top retailers and distributors in India. Lava has signed a ten-year deal to avail cloud services out of IBM’s Bangalore data center. IBM will also perform 24/7 monitoring and management through automation of the hosted infrastructure.

“The need for uninterrupted business operations has become crucial for us to ensure enhanced customer engagement and protect critical business data. IBM’s proven expertise in cloud-based virtual recovery provides us a highly resilient infrastructure that will help us mitigate downtime risks and ultimately ensure that we are able to meet the around-the-clock needs of our customers,” said Virendra Kumar Rai, Vice-President & Head of IT, Lava.  

Lava selected IBM due to its reliability, scalability and proven ability to reduce recovery time by up to 40 per cent. Lava is now able to plan for the wide range of issues that could affect operations. In the event of unexpected downtime, Lava can gain 100-per cent functionality within just an hour, a process that is managed remotely. With competing offering this process would have taken 8–12 hours, greatly impacting the ability to meet the around-the-clock needs of customers. IBM also ensures that Lava can not only provision recovery resources within minutes, but also avoid errors of manual operations…….See More

Skillsoft and IBM Reveal new capabilities for Big Data

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Skillsoft and IBM Reveal new capabilities for Big Data

Skillsoft has revealed new capabilities as part of its multi-phase joint development effort with IBM(NYSE:IBM) that leverages the power of big data in enterprise learning. The current phase of the program has produced algorithms to predict optimal engagement times, a content recommendation engine and a visualization framework to provide the foundation of a next-generation adaptive learning solution.
“We are excited by the early capabilities we are developing with IBM,” said John Ambrose, Senior Vice President, Strategy, Corporate Development and Emerging Business, Skillsoft. “We’re building a powerful new big data engine that will enable us to optimize learning experiences and uncover new learning patterns that can be applied immediately so that the system is continually improving. This is the perfect application of big data – harness it and apply it to improve individual and organizational performance.”
Skillsoft is a pioneer in the field of technology-delivered learning with a long history of innovation and delivering solutions for its customers worldwide, ranging from global enterprises, government, and education to mid-sized and small businesses. Skillsoft has an unrivaled environment of 19 million users across 60,000 learning assets. Skillsoft partnered with IBM, a leader in big data technology, to mine its rich customer base’s usage data and co-invent new customer experience analytics which are expected to make their way into the Skillsoft offerings….See more

Airtel and IBM ink strategic partnership

Airtel and IBM ink strategic partnershipFor the next five years, Bharti Airtel and IBM have signed a new agreement to manage Airtel’s infrastructure and application services in India. This agreement builds on the 10-year-old relationship between the two organizations which has driven the co-creation of industry-leading telco solutions and customer-centric services.

The agreement is based on Airtel’s new IT vision that defines the next generation of services for its ever-growing customer base and to offer best-in-class services to its customers through solutions leveraging cutting-edge technology. As part of the new vision, Airtel is also building in-house capabilities and a strong partner ecosystem, and has selected IBM to manage the IT infrastructure and applications for its operations in India.

Gopal Vittal, MD & CEO, Bharti Airtel (India & South Asia), said, “As we embark on the next phase of Airtel’s growth journey, I am confident that the agreement with IBM will help us offer innovative and cutting-edge products and services to our customers, enabling us achieve our vision of being the most loved brand.”

Vanitha Narayanan, Managing Director, IBM India, said, “In the last decade, Bharti’s customer base has increased from a few million to over 285 million. Airtel partnered with IBM to drive this growth, by using technology to respond with intuitive offers for customers, managing service delivery, and improving organizational efficiency. This pioneering partnership will continue to bring innovation to Airtel’s customers, which is the foundation for long-term strategy.” ………..See More

IBM helps UBI to improve its operational efficiency

IBM helps UBI to improve its operational efficiency 

IBM(NYSE:IBM) has announced that the Union Bank of India (UBI) has selected IBM’s data center management services to enhance productivity and improve business operations. The service will enable the bank to enhance reliability and efficiency of critical infrastructure as well as significantly improve data management across multiple locations.

Data-sensitive industries like the financial sector require a robust IT infrastructure to ensure enhanced performance across multiple workloads, while at the same time reducing the overall cost. It is, therefore, critical for financial services companies to ensure that their data centers are highly efficient and optimally utilized.

“Data centers are the backbone of our business. We needed to ensure that they are equipped with the latest technology and optimally utilized. We chose to engage IBM because of their global expertise in designing and building innovative, energy efficient data centers,” said Ajit Kumar Rath, General Manager, Information Technology, Union Bank of India.

“Data is a core asset of any company, even more so in the financial sector. As UBI is a large financial institution with presence across the country, we had to take a holistic approach to address their IT infrastructure needs. Through our expertise in data centre management and our ability to build and manage several data centres for clients here, we have enabled UBI’s business to leverage data efficiently, while reducing the overall IT services costs, said Lingraju Sawkar, Director, Integrated Technology Services, Global Technology Services, IBM India / South Asia.

Being the world’s largest builders and managers of data centers, IBM is helping organizations across sectors by creating optimized, flexible data centers that are aligned with their business goals. Organizations are increasingly moving towards outsourcing their data centers……See More

Lenovo acquires IBM’s x86 Server Biz for $2.3 billion

Lenovo acquires IBM's x86 Server Biz for $2.3 billion

Lenovo(HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) and IBM(NYSE:IBM) have reportedly entered into a definitive agreement in which Lenovo plans to acquireIBM’s x86 server business. This includes System x, BladeCenter and Flex System blade servers and switches, x86-based Flex integrated systems, NeXtScale and iDataPlex servers and associated software, networking and maintenance operations. The purchase price is approximately US$2.3 billion, approximately two billion of which will be paid in cash and the balance in Lenovo stock.

IBM will continue to develop and evolve its Windows and Linux software portfolio for the x86 platform.  Lenovo and IBM plan to enter into a strategic relationship which will include a global OEM and reseller agreement for sales of IBM’s midrange Storwize disk storage systems, tape storage systems, General Parallel File System software, SmartCloud Entry offering, and elements of IBM’s system software portfolio.

Yang Yuanqing, Chairman and CEO, Lenovo commented, “This acquisition demonstrates our willingness to invest in businesses that can help fuel profitable growth and extend our PC Plus strategy. We are confident that we can grow this business successfully for the long-term, just as we have done with our worldwide PC business.”

“This divestiture allows IBM to focus on system and software innovations that bring new kinds of value to strategic areas of our business, such as cognitive computing, Big Data and cloud,” said Steve Mills, Senior Vice President and Group Executive, IBM Software and Systems……..See More

Lenovo acquires IBM’s x86 Server Biz for $2.3 billion

Lenovo acquires IBM's x86 Server Biz for $2.3 billion

Lenovo(HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) and IBM(NYSE:IBM) have reportedly entered into a definitive agreement in which Lenovo plans to acquireIBM’s x86 server business. This includes System x, BladeCenter and Flex System blade servers and switches, x86-based Flex integrated systems, NeXtScale and iDataPlex servers and associated software, networking and maintenance operations. The purchase price is approximately US$2.3 billion, approximately two billion of which will be paid in cash and the balance in Lenovo stock.

IBM will continue to develop and evolve its Windows and Linux software portfolio for the x86 platform.  Lenovo and IBM plan to enter into a strategic relationship which will include a global OEM and reseller agreement for sales of IBM’s midrange Storwize disk storage systems, tape storage systems, General Parallel File System software, SmartCloud Entry offering, and elements of IBM’s system software portfolio.

Yang Yuanqing, Chairman and CEO, Lenovo commented, “This acquisition demonstrates our willingness to invest in businesses that can help fuel profitable growth and extend our PC Plus strategy. We are confident that we can grow this business successfully for the long-term, just as we have done with our worldwide PC business.”

“This divestiture allows IBM to focus on system and software innovations that bring new kinds of value to strategic areas of our business, such as cognitive computing, Big Data and cloud,” said Steve Mills, Senior Vice President and Group Executive, IBM Software and Systems.

Moreover, approximately 7,500 IBM employees around the world, including those based at major locations……..See More

IBM betting big on Online Technology Education in India

IBM betting big on Online Technology Education in India

IBM has made an announcement that the leading universities across India are using its technologies to improve the quality of the education process, introduce new curricula and prepare their students for jobs in the future. IBM has played a pivotal role in providing innovative technology solutions to the Indian education sector.

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Tobby Kakkamthottil, Midmarket and Inside Sales Leader, IBM India/South Asia, stated, “With education being high on the public agenda, and with students, professors and the society calling out for new ideas and solutions for better and new skills, the agreement between IBM and these leading universities in India, recognizes the increasing relevance of smarter computing as an approach to IT. IBM’s smarter computing approach helps clients address increasingly more sophisticated workloads and applications, efficiently. It enables organizations of any size -  from midmarket clients to large enterprises, leading universities or the state administration -  to optimize their business processes and gain competitive advantage, spurring growth.”

The education sector in India is at the brink of IT-enabled transformation. IBM Research is also working on technologies for intelligent, interactive content, learning content management and delivery, as well as personalized education, which, once mature, can plug gaps that result from challenges in reach and scale, engaging content and lack of personalization.

As part of this announcement, IBM has revealed that the Karunya University has selected IBM PureSystems solutions to improve online student services by more effectively processing applications…….See More

IBM signs strategic alliance with Manthan Broadband

IBM signs strategic alliance with Manthan Broadband

As per the latest update, the Big Blue IBM(NYSE:IBM) has announced a strategic ten-year deal with Manthan Broadband Services Pvt. Ltd.

IBM will provide a customized subscriber management solution for Manthan which includes IT infrastructure and subscriber support capabilities in an effort to increase revenue potential and improve the company’s customer experience. This will also set the foundation for leveraging IBM’s Big Data and analytics capabilities to help Manthan effectively create advertisements based on the digital personalities of subscribers.

“We were looking for a provider to support us with technology and also strategic business insights to help in deploying the right processes and systems for increased customer loyalty and revenue growth. IBM’s understanding of business transformation, the customer experience as well as the future of media and entertainment in India has immensely helped us in crafting our strategies for achieving new business heights,” said Gurmeet Singh, Director, Manthan Broadband Services Pvt. Ltd.

Manthan is in the midst of making substantial investments to upgrade its network and set-top boxes to meet new government digitization standards to transform and modernize the media and entertainment industry in India. This engagement will complement these efforts by allowing Manthan customers to tailor their services by subscribing to cable channels of their choice……See More