Telecoms consulting outfit Sentaca disappears inside IBM's Hybrid Cloud Services

Big Blue wants to 'bring edge and 5G to life for enterprises'

IBM has acquired Sentaca, a telecoms consulting services and solutions provider, with the aim of boosting its own hybrid cloud consulting business in the communications service provider space.

According to IBM, Sentaca will join Big Blue's Hybrid Cloud Services business to solve strategic and technology challenges for clients, as well as address opportunities including 5G, IoT, and streaming that can accelerate the creation and delivery of new services.

"Our goal is to help modern networks thrive in an open, hybrid cloud environment that will bring edge and 5G to life for enterprises and consumers," IBM Consulting's senior veep John Granger said in a statement.

Sentaca's team of consultants has in-depth experience of building mission-critical applications for cloud service providers, using open-source platforms like Red Hat OpenShift and OpenStack, IBM said.

The company's domain expertise, assets and client relationships are expected to help Big Blue strengthen its position as a prime systems integrator for the emerging network and 5G market.

"Sentaca's deep knowledge and experience of telecom networks, coupled with our expertise in hybrid multi-cloud and automation services and solutions, is a perfect fit to compliment IBMs telco/5G strategy," said Sentaca CEO Phil O'Neill.

IBM clearly sees growth potential in serving the needs of telecoms providers. The firm points to research it carried out which indicates that communications service providers expect to outperform their current financial expectations in five years as a result of using 5G-enabled edge computing.

This is expected to deliver an estimated $50bn annual cloud professional services market by 2025, according to IBM.

The Sentaca acquisition follows other purchases of leading cloud consulting firms by IBM, including Nordcloud, Taos, BoxBoat and SXiQ. These helped to expand IBM's multi-cloud transformation, management expertise and capabilities in Europe and North America, the firm said.

IBM Consulting is a rebrand of the former IBM Global Business Services. Financial details of the Sentaca acquisition were not disclosed. ®

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