IBM selected Exium as a network-as-a-service partner for enterprises using the IBM cloud to analyze data from edge devices distributed across corporate data centers and remote sites.
Exium provides secure 5G network for using IBM Edge Application Manager (MAE). EAM is centralized software for the deployment and management of analytical workloads on edge knots in hundreds of facilities, such as warehouses, factories and offices.
Exium connects MAE to edge nodes and to the IBM public cloud, which performs compute-intensive tasks. These tasks could include analyzing video images from factory cameras deployed for quality control and worker safety.
Exium, which announced the partnership this week, offers a secure network as a service called Intelligent Cybersecurity Mesh. The system supports 4G, Wi-Fi and Ethernet connectivity while providing the option to upgrade to a 5G network in the future.
Today, Exium is a cloud connectivity option for businesses using private 5G networks. Essentially, networks are wireless local area networks built with 5G infrastructure.
IBM pushes Exium to the forefront
Exium found IBM’s open technology easier to use than proprietary systems. EAM runs in an instance of the OpenShift container platform installed in the corporate data center. OpenShift is an open source container application platform developed by Red Hat, which IBM has acquired in 2019.
Organizations using EAM can manage edge endpoints running on OpenShift in any public or private cloud.
“We love IBM because [it provides] a more open platform, ”said Farooq Khan, CEO of Exium. “We can easily integrate our security and our 5G edge computing stack. “
IBM is Exium’s first partner at the edge of the business, Khan said.
The largest cloud providers – AWS, Google, and Microsoft – offer edge appliances to connect corporate data centers to their respective cloud services. AWS outposts, Google Cloud Athos and the Microsoft Azure stack provide a consistent platform for building, testing and updating all cloud applications.
IBM bought Red Hat to launch its application and cloud modernization initiatives, but remains a niche player in the market with a 5% market share, according to the Synergy Research Group. Companies often use the IBM Cloud for legacy applications, especially memory intensive databases.
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