IBM Expands Data Center Footprint With Four New Locations
IBM has announced the launch of four new data centers as part of an aggressive effort to expand its share of the global cloud market. Two facilities will open their doors in London, with the remaining in Sydney and San Jose — bringing IBM’s cloud data center footprint to nearly 60 locations across 19 countries.
IBM is fine-tuning its cloud solution for cognitive and big data workloads to offer its customers the ability to store data in a variety of global locations. The four new facilities will enable enterprises to use more than 150 APIs and services to deploy next-generation capabilities such as cognitive, blockchain and Internet of Things applications.
Preparing for GDPR
The two new facilities in London bring IBM’s footprint to five data centers in the U.K., with a fifth location set to open later this year. The effort is part of IBM’s initiative, announced in November 2016, to triple its cloud data center capacity in the U.K.
By offering advanced privacy and security as well as improved flexibility, transparency and control, the data centers are designed help IBM’s U.K. clients prepare for next year’s General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR). GDRP will implement strict notification requirements and steep noncompliance penalties for organizations operating inside and outside the EU.
The U.K. data centers also offer clients low-latency access to IBM services, the company said. By placing key centers within 40 kilometers of each other, organizations can split critical workloads across more than one site or quickly transfer workloads between locations.
Expanded Coverage in the U.S.
The new cloud data center in San Jose is IBM’s third facility in the region and the 23rd in the U.S., according to the IBM press release. IBM notes that its advertising and marketing customers, particularly those that need close proximity to end users, can benefit from the ability to scale based on seasonal demand or campaign traffic spikes. In addition, fast access to analytics, machine learning and cognitive tools will help companies optimize their business techniques.
“IBM Cloud infrastructure has helped put us in a position where we now process billions of post-ad click events, support over 16 million purchase events each day and help our customers track over 1.5 billion user profiles,” said Ben Tregoe, IBM senior vice president of business development, in the press release.
The Sydney facility is the fourth IBM cloud data center in Australia. IBM says it’s the only cloud provider in the country to offer a complete set of Information Security Registered Assessors Program (IRAP)-certified cloud server choices, including bare metal, private and public virtual servers and object storage for infrastructure-as-a-service.
IRAP, an Australian Signals Directorate initiative, provides the framework to endorse private and public organizations that deliver cybersecurity assessment services to Australian government agencies.
Positive Cloud Report
IBM’s cloud effort is one of its most promising ventures. In its recently released earnings report for the second quarter of 2017, IBM announced that cloud revenue was up 15 percent year-over-year, totaling $3.9 billion.
“In the second quarter, we strengthened our position as the enterprise cloud leader and added more of the world’s leading companies to the IBM Cloud,” said Ginni Rometty, chairman, president and CEO of IBM.