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IBM today announced that it radically simplified and made it easier for customers to enter into cloud computing services agreements by creating a standard, two-page agreement to replace longer, more complex contracts that typically required long negotiations and reviews before a deal was signed. In comparison, IBM’s cloud competitors require customers to review and commit to more complex contracts that commonly are at least five times longer and also incorporate terms and conditions from other websites.

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Equinix, Inc., the global interconnection and data center company, together with IBM today announced an agreement to provide enterprises direct access to the full portfolio of cloud services from SoftLayer, an IBM Company, via the Equinix Cloud Exchange™ in nine markets worldwide spanning the Americas, Europe and Asia Pacific. Equinix also announced Cloud Exchange enhancements, including API functionality that makes it easier for service providers to use a single interface to the Cloud Exchange, resulting in scalable, private and secure connections to their cloud services with near real-time provisioning.

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IBM today announced that it is working with Diabetizer, a German -based healthcare technology company, to leverage IBM’s open platform-as-a-service, Bluemix to build and deploy a first-of-its-kind, cloud-based application that improves care for diabetes patients around the world. The app allows diabetes patients to instantly access and aggregate their health data from multiple devices anywhere in the world, as well as apply advanced analytics to control their blood sugar at precisely accurate levels.

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IBM today announced that the German startup Preveniomed has chosen IBM Cloud to securely store and process patient data and health records on pilots from around the world.

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IBM today announced a continued expansion of its global cloud computing network to 40 cloud centers with 12 new locations serving a growing roster of enterprise clients looking to move to hybrid cloud computing.

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IBM and National Express Group plc today announce a series of cloud-based innovations transforming the global transport operator by improving operational performance and customer experience. To stay ahead of competition and help anticipate travelers' needs, National Express’s rail franchise c2c is using the latest mobile technology to provide real-time travel planning, and data analytics to enable better business decision-making.

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IBM announced today a collaboration with Memorial Sloan Kettering to research the application of cognitive computing to analyze dermatological images of skin lesions with the goal of assisting clinicians in the identification of various cancerous disease states. The technology, which learns by identifying specific patterns in medical images, has the potential to increase the number of cases detected and help clinicians make earlier diagnoses.

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IBM today announced that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is using Watson technology in a pilot program to assist physicians in helping accelerate the process of evidence-based medical decision making. The VA joins leading healthcare organizations that are working with IBM Watson to help improve efficiency and quality of care being delivered. As part of the multi-year contract, the VHA will also work with Watson for a clinical focus supporting veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

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