IBM has announced that they will expand IBM Bluemix offerings in China to include blockchain, Internet of Things (IoT) and advanced cloud services. Building on their partnership with 21Vianet, a leading Chinese data center services provider, IBM intends to build on their existing cloud services framework in China to expand the company’s offerings.
IBM also announced an expansion of their collaboration with Cisco, to provide enhanced IoT solutions in the growing Chinese market.
IBM’s blockchain offerings are built on the Linux Foundation’s open-source Hyperledger Project, and as such it is available for free to interested software developers. A study by IDC placed China as having 10% of the software developers in the world, second only to the United States.
Taking existing Bluemix cloud offerings, and expanding into the world of blockchain will allow IBM to leverage their position and use the growing base of Chinese developers to promote the use of advanced cloud solutions and blockchain throughout the country.
Ernie Hu, GM Cloud for IBM China said, “Today’s launch of blockchain and our IoT platform through the IBM Cloud is a tremendous boon for Chinese companies. Providing the infrastructure of Bluemix, combined with these latest technologies from both IBM and a growing roster of partners and Chinese service providers, will equip our country’s developers with the set of tools they need to fuel more intelligent and advanced innovations across China’s fastest-growing industries, including manufacturing and financial services.”
Expanding the collaboration of IBM and Cisco in China will facilitate the use of IBM’s Watson AI as an IoT platform, to allow real time data analytics for the management of remote operations through the Internet of Things – with an eye to improving both the safety and efficiency in industries as diverse as manufacturing, mining, shipping, and remote oil rigging. This will also help companies to manage productivity and maintenance costs remotely by monitoring IoT devices off-site, further lowering costs and increasing efficiency.
In order to gain a foothold in the Chinese market ahead of competitors, IBM was the first company to allow the Chinese government to view its source code, to check for technological backdoors that could put Chinese data at risk.
The expansion of IBM blockchain in China comes on the heels of the announcement that Walmart, one of the world’s largest retailers, will begin its first foray into the world of blockchain by partnering with IBM to use this technology to track the pork supply chain from their new food safety center in Beijing.