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April 26, 2017

IBM opens four new cloud data centres in the US

The company has opened four new cloud data centres as part of its plan to expand its global cloud footprint in 2017.

By Hannah Williams

IBM shows no signs of slowing down when it comes to cloud, opening four new cloud data centres as part of its ambitious data centre expansion plans for 2017.

IBM has invested heavily in building its global footprint over the past year — tripling data centre capacity in the UK, building the industry’s first data centre in the Nordics and opening data centres in Seoul, South Korea and Chennai, India.

Two of its new facilities are based in Dallas, Texas, while the other two are in Washington, D.C. These locations are identified as part of key local markets where clients can run their data and applications locally to meet performance and regulatory needs.

IBM already has 55 global cloud data centres located across 19 countries and six continents, designed to give enterprises access to cloud infrastructure anytime and anywhere.

According to IDC research, the worldwide spending on public cloud services and infrastructure is expected to reach $203.4 billion by 2020, which is almost seven times the rate of the overall IT spending growth.

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John Considine, GM for cloud infrastructure, IBM said: “IBM is making major investments to expand our global cloud data centres in 2017 and provide the infrastructure necessary for enterprises to run their cognitive, big data, blockchain and IoT workloads.”

The recent investments are believed to be in relation to the increasing demand for public and hybrid cloud infrastructure, which will continue to grow based on the increase of enterprises turning to AI to generate value from their data.

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According to IDC research, the worldwide spending on public cloud services and infrastructure is expected to reach $203.4 billion by 2020, which is almost seven times the rate of the overall IT spending growth.

Each of IBM’s four new sites include the capacity of thousands of physical servers, and also offering a full range of loud infrastructure services, including bare metal servers, virtual servers, storage, security services and networking.

These services enable customers to create their public, private or hybrid cloud environments on demand with full remote access and control, according to IBM.

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