IBM Includes New Partners to Encourage Hybrid Cloud Across Federal Agencies

By CIOReview | Friday, December 11, 2015

ARMONK, NY: IBM announces that Arrow, Avnet Government Solutions, Ingram Micro, Tech Data Corporation and ViON have joined its ecosystem that serves the U.S. federal government to focus on hybrid cloud innovations in an effort to increase cloud adoption across federal agencies.

The resellers and distributors will combine their solutions with IBM Cloud. Arrow will help partners to integrate IBM’s Cloud Infrastructure –as –a –Service into their services and will assist in building cloud solutions from the IaaS layer up. Avnet Government Solutions will allow business partners to accelerate the development of their cloud portfolios with a scalable and secure base for the delivery of cloud services along with enabling federal agencies to place their data. Ingram Micro will offer marketing support, cloud onboarding capabilities, partner enablement, technical and operational support to its channel partners thereby focusing on building cloud solutions.

Tech Data Corporation will enable resellers to efficiently support diverse technology needs of end users through its advanced logistics capabilities and value added services and ViON plays an important role as an IBM partner as it will integrate the security of on-premise solution with the scalability of a public cloud to address hybrid cloud initiatives by the federal agencies.

IBM’s SoftLayer Federal cloud is a solution that federal agencies look up to as it integrates existing and latest services in a hybrid environment to drive innovations thereby assisting agencies in better decision making, management and security of data and applications. It also meets all the government workload requirements pertaining to the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) and Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA).

The agreement with IBM will allow the five partners to resell and market IBM’s Cloud Services along with providing access to BlueMix and the company’s software-as-a-Service (SaaS) portfolio. "Federal agencies are really beginning to view cloud as transformational, but first they need a reliable partner to help them get started, with our partners, we have a strong understanding of the IT investments agencies have made, and how to help them with their migrations to cloud in a secure and strategic way,” says Anne Altman, General Manager of IBM U.S. Federal and Government Industries.