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IBM CEO Sees Amazon and Microsoft as Cloud Allies, Not Rivals

  • Rometty is betting IBM’s future growth on the hybrid cloud
  • Red Hat will continue to operate as separate unit within IBM
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Why IBM CEO Ginni Rometty Is Betting Big on the Hybrid Cloud

In IBM’s vision of cloud computing, Amazon.com Inc. and Microsoft Corp. will be allies rather than rivals.

Chief Executive Officer Ginni Rometty is betting on the hybrid cloud, which lets IBM offer services on corporate customers’ cloud-based servers as well as on third-party clouds operated by the likes of Amazon and Microsoft. International Business Machines Corp. has traditionally viewed these cloud giants as direct competitors, but it now aims to partner with them by supporting clients as they shift sensitive databases on to the cloud, regardless of which provider they use.