American Tower and IBM to bring edge cloud services to enterprises

In an announcement, IBM reveals a new collaboration with American Tower, a global digital infrastructure provider, aimed at expediting the implementation of a hybrid, multi-cloud computing platform at the edge. Through this partnership, American Tower plans to expand its neutral-host, Access Edge Data Centre ecosystem to include IBM Hybrid Cloud capabilities and Red Hat OpenShift. The two companies will work together to help clients address their evolving customer requirements and expectations around innovative digital transformation by enabling technologies such as IoT, 5G, AI, and network automation.

This collaboration’s goal is to offer enterprises greater flexibility in deploying applications, be it on public clouds, at the edge, or on-site, ensuring secure processing and rapid analysis of data closer to its origination point.

Across industries, companies are embracing technologies, such as AI and 5G access networks at the edge to heighten innovation and create new business opportunities. American Tower and IBM will be providing the necessary infrastructure for these enterprises to help them tap into the full potential of edge computing.

According to Jim Morrish, Co-founder and Managing Director of Transforma Insights, “At the end of 2022 there were 14.1 billion active IoT devices and by 2032 connected car (vehicle platform or head unit) devices will exceed 1.8 billion, growing at a CAGR of 11.8 percent.”

Vehicles contain dozens of computers and micro-controllers, all requiring updates at the point of final assembly and throughout the vehicles’ lifecycle. Clients report that installing firmware manually can have a high cost for manufacturers, which may cause them to seek quicker and more cost-effective solutions. By utilising edge capabilities from American Tower and IBM, automotive OEMs will be able to rapidly transmit software updates to vehicles before they are shipped to dealers. This could help manufacturers optimise efficiency, while also addressing their latency, data sovereignty, security, compliance readiness, and reliability requirements.

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