IBM announced that Forrester Research named IBM a strong performer in its latest Wave™report1 evaluating global public cloud platforms for enterprise developers. Forrester analyzed and scored numerous public cloud platforms and identified IBM as a "strong performer" for combining its broad and deep portfolios of application and development services with solid infrastructure offerings. IBM also received the highest possible score in the private and hybrid cloud strategy criterion, and it secured the top ranking in the infrastructure services criterion.

The 34 evaluation criteria used in the report are designed to help application development and delivery (AD&D) professionals select the right public cloud platform partner for their needs. Cloud platforms were evaluated on current offerings, strategy, and market presence.

Forrester noted that IBM "takes an enterprise-first, hybrid approach to the cloud platform market," and "clients with complex hybrid cloud requirements demanding a mix of on-premises and public cloud services should consider IBM Cloud."

The report also named IBM's strengths as "its platform configuration options, app migration services, cognitive analytics services, security and compliance certifications, complex networking support, growing partner roster and native DevOps tools."

"IBM gives enterprises the fastest path to real business value in the cloud," said Bill Karpovich, general manager, IBM Cloud Platform. "We believe being recognized as a strong performer in Forrester's latest Wave report reinforces what we hear from our clients every day — that cloud is not 'one size fits all.' Enterprises require choice and expertise to evolve their diverse application portfolios, and IBM Cloud was designed to deliver on those core tenets."

IBM's status as a strong performer in global public cloud platforms for enterprise developers was based upon the evaluation of its IBM Cloud portfolio, specifically its Bluemix Cloud platform and IBM SoftLayer infrastructure as a service. Bluemix has grown to become one of the world's largest open, public cloud deployments, with more than 150 APIs and services in 179 countries. IBM Cloud infrastructure is available from 47 data centers worldwide, providing clients diverse locations for data backup and recovery, data locality and the ability to securely analyze data across geographies. SoftLayer services include bare metal and virtual servers, storage, security services and networking.

IBM continues to see momentum in the number of enterprises turning to IBM Cloud for development and infrastructure needs. Just this month, Workday adopted IBM Cloud as the foundation for its development and testing environment for greater efficiency, flexibility, and global scale, and Vodafone India selected an IBM hybrid cloud platform to enable delivery of faster and more insightful data intelligence and support faster decision-making.

IBM Cloud delivers fast, easy and automated access to public, private and hybrid cloud services to help clients digitally transform. IBM Cloud is a growing collection of services including analytics, blockchain, Internet of Things, cognitive computing, mobile, networking, and storage. With nearly 50 global cloud data centers, IBM helps companies securely manage and gain insight into their data no matter where it resides.

1.      The Forrester Wave™: Global Public Cloud Platforms For Enterprise Developers, Q3 2016, Forrester Research, Inc., August 29, 2016.