Education technology company Blackboard and IBM have signed a collaborative agreement for IBM to manage Blackboard’s datacenters and cloud infrastructure. The two companies will also work together to develop educational solutions, based on IBM Watson’s cognitive computing technology and Blackboard’s broad capabilities suite.

Under the agreement, IBM will manage much of Blackboard’s technology infrastructure, including the company’s 28 global data centers and its existing public cloud footprint.  IBM will also provide support for Blackboard’s use of the public cloud.

IBM will also work with Blackboard to migrate its applications from its datacenters to the public cloud. In addition, IBM will add Blackboard solutions to its portfolio of education offerings.

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