American Tower, IBM to Bring Edge Cloud Services to Enterprises


American Tower Corporation (NYSE: AMT) is collaborating with IBM (NYSE: IBM) to facilitate the deployment of a hybrid, multi-cloud computing platform at the edge. Through the collaboration, American Tower plans to expand its neutral-host, access edge data center ecosystem to include IBM hybrid cloud capabilities and Red Hat OpenShift.

American Tower and IBM will also work together to help clients address their customers’ evolving digital requirements by enabling technologies such as IoT, 5G, AI, and network automation. 

“Global enterprises seek cost-effective connected solutions to help solve key line-of-business problems, and bringing the cloud to the edge offers a potential solution. This transformative technology is designed to create new opportunities by bringing enterprise applications closer to data sources such as IoT devices or edge servers,” Hillery Hunter, CTO and GM of Innovation, IBM Infrastructure and Ed Knapp, CTO and Senior VP at American Tower, write in a blog post. 

Primarily known for its global cell tower portfolio, American Tower entered the U.S. data center industry after acquiring CoreSite in 2021. With interest in distributed edge computing on the rise, IBM plans to provide American Tower with a hybrid cloud platform and automated systems to create an edge cloud at American Tower distributed real estate locations.

Enterprises will be able to deploy applications – on public clouds, at the edge, or on premises, which can process and analyze data closer to the point where it is created. 

“At IBM, we’ve seen firsthand how edge computing can help enable fast data analysis, creating an opportunity for deeper insights, improved response times, operational efficiencies, and enhanced customer experience,” Hunter writes.

By J. Sharpe Smith, Inside Towers Technology Editor

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