IBM Hybrid Cloud and AI Services prepare Businesses for extreme weather in 2019

IBM Hybrid Cloud and AI Services prepare Businesses for extreme weather in 2019
Published: 16 June 2019 - 8:01 a.m.

IBM announced that it is using the power of Hybrid Cloud, AI, and IBM Services to offer clients capabilities that help them prepare for, and recover from, extreme weather events such as hurricanes, tsunamis, earthquakes and more.

According to Gartner, the average cost of network downtime is around $5,600 per minute. That is around $300,000 per hour. It takes an average of 23 minutes for employees to refocus after an e-mail server glitch, valuable time that can negatively impact business results.

In order to help clients turn data into valuable information to combat disruptions resulting from extreme weather - as well as from cyber threats and other crises - IBM is offering a series of services to support hybrid cloud and AI capabilities, including:

  • IBM services like Cloud Resiliency Orchestration and Disaster Recovery as a Service, which help clients manage end-to end recovery in a hybrid cloud environment, respond to outages more efficiently, and automate much of the disaster recovery process to reallocate valuable time and expertise to tackle other critical pain points.
  • Data from The Weather Company to help track and predict potential outages.

  • IBM's Risk Insights Tool, which leverages APIs and social media data to predict weather with precision and determine if clients are in the path of a natural disaster.

  • Watson-based tools that help create more accurate predictive modeling for how a storm's path will impact each client's assets. These tools are able to help assess scenarios and the impact the natural disaster will have on the client assets and the risk associated with it.

"Natural disasters are inevitable. However, their adverse impact can be mitigated by preventive measures," said Islam Soliman, Regional Leader, IBM Services, Middle East and Pakistan. " Through IBM's global network of Resiliency Services Centers across six continents, we are able to help clients combat disruptions resulting from extreme weather, cyber threats and other crises and salvage their data quickly and securely."

IBM Services' Resiliency Centers, located across six continents, are helping clients prepare for the next wave of hurricanes, floods, and wildfires, as well as malicious cyber threats and other disasters.

Spanning over 5 million square feet globally, IBM Resiliency Centers house an array of experts - data scientists, researchers, weather experts, technical architects and more - leveraging cloud and AI capabilities with Watson and The Weather Company to answer the call in a crisis and recover critical data in minutes, helping clients make better decisions, save millions, prevent disruption, and preserve their brand for the long term.


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