Kyndryl sparks cyber incident recovery pact with Dell
Kyndryl, IBM’s former Global Technology Services unit, has formalized an expansion of an existing global partnership with Dell Technologies that will result in cyber resilience capabilities being added to a menu that already includes data optimization and infrastructure management services.
Under the terms of the agreement, it will provide cyber incident recovery services to customers using Dell’s storage, server and data protection systems, which it claims will help “back up critical data sets and provide a verified process for restoring data into the enterprise.” “.
For its part, Dell will provide an air-gap data vault service to store a copy of data offline and hopefully out of trouble, helping customers ensure the integrity and availability of their data assets should the worst-case scenario – such as as a ransomware attack – happened.
“We are pleased to expand our relationship with Dell and look forward to providing the solutions, services and support customers need to store, protect their data and recover from cyber threats,” said Kris Lovejoy, head of global security practice and resiliency at Kyndryl.
“Through this important alliance, we will work together to help organizations improve performance and availability of critical data, predictive maintenance, non-disruptive upgrades and updates.”
Denise Millard, Senior Alliances senior vice president at Dell Technologies, added, “It’s more important than ever for organizations to have confidence that their critical data is protected to ensure cyber resiliency.
“Dell and Kyndryl are well positioned to help our customers thrive in the multicloud and data age.”
The partners said effective cyber resilience is a high priority for their customers. The joint solution is designed to enhance and complement existing backup and disaster recovery (DR) systems, minimize the impact of malicious security incidents, and allow victims to recover their day-to-day operations and their data.
Meanwhile, Kyndryl was recently promoted to Titanium Black status in Dell’s Strategic Partner Program, which encompasses its most “strategic” partners with a focus on data-centric and multicloud strategies.
Since its spin-off – ostensibly on the basis that its legacy managed infrastructure business shifted focus to IBM’s cloud growth and created a conflict of interest within the company – Kyndryl has announced several similar technology partnerships – all, predictably, in service of the Acceleration of digital transformation – across all industries.
These include: an agreement with Cloudera signed in March 2022 focused on enhancing data transformation projects in hybrid cloud environments; announced a global network and edge computing alliance signed in February with Finnish company Nokia that aims to help companies accelerate their digital transformations with an “industrial-grade, reliable and secure” offering for private LTE and 5G wireless networks support; and a pact for multicloud services and integration with Google Cloud signed in December 2021. It also has ties to Microsoft, SAP and VMware.
To date, its revenues and profits have fallen — Kyndryl cites various charges and transactions, many related to its newfound independence from IBM, as contributing. She hopes her alliances will begin to put things right.
“Now that we’re independent, today’s key market trends have moved from headwinds to tailwinds for us,” Kyndryl chairman and CEO Martin Schroeter told analysts in March 2022.
“Breaking the limitations of being a proprietary entity within IBM with its traditional offerings, we are free to expand the range of services we offer and the breadth of technologies we use.”