A new partnership between IBM Cloud and Comcast Business, announced on Thursday, will see Comcast customers offered private connectivity for a host of cloud deployment options through IBM’s cloud platform.

The new offering from the two companies means that enterprises can receive up to a 10 Gbps private connection to the IBM Cloud for public, private, or hybrid cloud deployments. The partnership will bring direct links to IBM Cloud’s data centers, giving business customers multiple choices for cloud enablement, according to a blog post.

While Amazon Web Services (AWS) has arguably had a lead in the cloud computing domain over the last decade, IBM has been making big strides in this realm. Willie Tejada, IBM’s chief developer evangelist, recently reported to ZDNet that the company wanted to be “the undisputed leader in enterprise cloud.”

Jeff Lewis, vice president of data services at Comcast Business, said in the post that the offering will allow enterprises to “store data, optimize their workloads, and execute mission-critical applications in the cloud, whether it be on-premise, off-premise or a combination of the two.” Also, the direct cloud connectivity means higher security, Lewis said in the release.

“Cloud platforms are fundamentally changing how the world’s data is processed, stored and delivered while delivering better agility for enterprises to help reduce costs, improve consumer experiences and create new revenue opportunities,” said Steve Canepa, general manager, global telecommunications, media and entertainment industry, IBM in a blog statement. “Today’s announcement represents a continued collaboration with Comcast to deliver robust technologies that drive innovation–integrating the power of cloud across private cloud solutions, hybrid deployments and public cloud offerings.”

According to the post, Comcast Business can connect with nearly 50 data centers, in 19 countries, plus cloud exchanges. These data centers, according to the post, offer “advanced networking infrastructure, hardware and software with robust bandwidth and connectivity for high performance and reliability.”

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In addition to AWS, Microsoft and Google are also competitors to IBM in offering cloud to enterprise–although AWS business represents a whopping third of the cloud infrastructure market.

In partnering with Comcast Business, IBM is aiming to help even more enterprises harness the power of the cloud, as many IT organizations are still wrapping their heads around how to organize big data, AI, and machine learning.

The 3 big takeaways for TechRepublic readers.

  1. Comcast Business is now offering enterprises the chance to receive up to 10 Gbps of private connectivity to IBM Cloud for public, private, or hybrid cloud deployments.
  2. The effort is an attempt by IBM to continue to guide businesses and IT departments in the deployment of cloud services, as it competes with AWS, Google, and Microsoft.
  3. AI, machine learning, and big data are still hurdles for many businesses, and IBM is aiming to help enterprises harness the power of the cloud to deploy these new technologies.

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