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IBM senior vice president Arvind Krishna. Photo: IBM

IBM is announcing a series of moves Thursday designed to start recouping some of the $34 billion it just spent to buy open source specialist Red Hat.

Why it matters: IBM sees a $1.2 trillion opportunity in enterprise software, services and infrastructure by 2022. But competing effectively means being able to meet customers where they are at, says IBM senior vice president Arvind Krishna.

  • Customers, he said, are looking for the flexibility to host their own software one day, move that same setup to a cloud provider the next and still have the flexibility to change cloud providers down the road.
  • "We strongly believe there is a massive opportunity to create a common platform that goes across these clouds," Krishna said in an interview.

What's happening: Most notably, it is optimizing Red Hat's software to run on IBM's cloud and servers, and it's aiming to use Red Hat as a means to take IBM's other software into private clouds as well as rival cloud platforms from Microsoft, Google and Amazon.

Yes, but: The Red Hat deal closed only three weeks ago. Much of what IBM is announcing is actually the result of a partnership announced last year.

Separately: IBM has cut as many as 100,000 jobs over the last few years, Bloomberg reports, citing court documents.

Go deeper: Trying to make enterprise software fun

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Updated 3 hours ago - World

Biden reviews U.S. arms deals with Saudi Arabia and UAE

Trump struck several large arms deals with Mohammed bin Salman (L) and Saudi Arabia. Photo: Kevin Dietsch-Pool/Getty Images

The Biden administration has put on hold two big arms deals with Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates which were approved in the final weeks of the Trump administration, a State Department official told Axios.

Why it matters: The sales of F-35 jets and attack drones to the UAE and a large supply of munitions to Saudi Arabia will be paused pending a review. That signals a major policy shift from the Trump era, and may herald sharp tensions with both Gulf countries.

Trump supporter found with pipe bombs accused of plot to attack Democrats

Five improvised explosive devices that the FBI says "were fully operational and could cause great bodily harm or injury if handled improperly." Photo: FBI/Justice Department

The FBI believes California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) and the Bay Area headquarters of Twitter and Facebook were targets of a man facing federal explosives charges, according to a criminal complaint.

Driving the news: Prosecutors charged Ian Benjamin Rogers after finding weapons including five pipe bombs, 49 guns and thousands of rounds of ammunition following a Jan. 15 search of his Napa County home and auto repair business. His alleged goal was to ensure former President Trump remained in office.

7 hours ago - Health

Fauci: COVID vaccine rollout needs to prioritize people of color

Anthony Fauci. Photo: Alex Wong via Getty Images

Infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci highlighted the need to address racial disparities in the COVID-19 vaccination process, per an interview with The New England Journal of Medicine on Wednesday.

What he’s saying: "I think that's the one thing we really got to be careful of. We don't want in the beginning ... most of the people who are getting it are otherwise, well, middle-class white people."

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