Although we’ve been talking about the “digital transformation” trend for the past couple of years, no one could have predicted the exponential pace with which companies had to move this year as they quickly transitioned to working from home and collaborating in a whole new way. Common among this transition is a growing reliance on the public cloud.
According to a 2020 Global Networking Trends Report
, half of all workloads will be run outside the enterprise data center by 2021, either in cloud and data center infrastructures or at the network edge. The same report notes that newer approaches to network architecture, such as software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV), currently transport 23% of traffic within enterprise data centers. Next year, the adoption of those network architectures is expected to grow to 44%.
IBM and Red Hat discuss “Conquering Everest” at the ONE Experience
At this year’s first-of-its-kind virtual ONE Experience, attendees learned how IBM and Red Hat are partnering with Ingram Micro to support their channel partners.
In IBM’s keynote address, Jim Whitehurst, president of IBM, and Paul Bay, executive VP and president, Global Technology Solutions for Ingram Micro, focused on the role of the “fourth platform” in organizations’ digital transformation, expanding infrastructure from on-premises proprietary solutions to include open source, cloud, multicloud and hybrid IT ecosystems. They also explained how the agility and scalability of open-source environments are driving innovation and creating a boom in the ISV space.
The ONE Experience also featured the breakout session “Conquering Everest—confronting today’s technical and financial headwinds,” presented by Cheryl Rang, director, Advanced Solutions, Ingram Micro; Judd Ficklen, IBM VP Partner Ecosystems, Americas; and Ernest Jones, Red Hat Channel Chief, VP NA Sales & Services.
This session took a deep dive into best practices and solutions that partners can use to address prevalent challenges, such as vendor lock-in, work-from-home security and helping clients with financing.
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