Cloud Giant Big Blue Keeps Contract with the United States Army
September 13, 2017
IBM - traditionally known as ‘Big Blue’ - has kept a key contract with the United States Army. IBM, which has headquarters in Armonk, New York, United States, is a major cloud player, buying Softlayer in 2012 to broaden its cloud services. The company offers ‘Big Data’ solutions and machine learning options alongside more traditional cloud computer and storage options. The Army re-signing IBM’s contract is worth $135 million to the company.
IBM provides cloud services, software development, and cognitive computing services to the U.S. Army's Logistics Support Activity (LOGSA). The 33-month contract will see IBM continue to provide managed services and help the Army enhance its cybersecurity through the government’s Risk Management Framework (RMF) security controls.
As part of the deal IBM will also provide systems designed to predict maintenance failures amongst the Army’s vehicles using around five billion onboard sensors. The deal also includes the army adopting IBM’s Watson IoT services and its new Watson IoT Equipment Advisor solution.
“LOGSA and the Army can now take advantage of the technological innovation that cloud offers – especially cognitive computing and analytics – so that the Army can continue to reap cost savings, further streamline its operations and deliver services to its clients,” explained IBM’s Managing Director, U.S. Public Service, IBM’s Global Business Services Lisa Mascolo on the company’s website. “We're pleased to continue our work with the Army to demonstrate the viability of cloud for mission applications and the promised benefits of efficiency and taxpayer savings."
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