IBM launches two UAE data centres to aid hybrid cloud shift

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IBM Services has launched two IBM data centres in the UAE, one in Abu Dhabi and the other in Dubai.

The company revealed that the reasoning behind the launch of the two data centres is to provide cloud managed services to enterprises and help accelerate their journey to hybrid cloud.

The local data centres is set to help organisations shift to a hybrid cloud model, and benefit from having the flexibility to move select critical workloads to a secure local cloud environment, hosted in the UAE while keeping mission critical data on-premise.

“IBM has reshaped its portfolio to deliver what clients need, investing heavily in hybrid cloud and the emerging technologies that optimize business workflows in the cloud, such as AI, blockchain, analytics and cybersecurity,” said Hossam Seif El-Din, vice president, Enterprise & Commercial, IBM Middle East and Africa.

“Through our data centres and with our recent acquisition of Red Hat, we are helping organizations accelerate their move to hybrid cloud and interconnect different clouds, creating unified systems designed for increased consistency, automation and predictability.”

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The company added that the data centres will not only omit the need to invest in additional physical space for local data residency, but help organisations abide by their data sovereignty requirements and restrictions.

IBM did not disclose the size of the data centres or the financial figures the company invested in the UAE facilities.

Organisation will also be able to integrate this local cloud environment with their existing IT infrastructure and different cloud environments.

The data centres will deliver data backup and protection services for customers, according to IBM, and in the cases of network failure or downtime, data and workloads hosted in the local data centres will be recovered instantly and available for use in real-time.

According to an IDC report, the average cost of downtime is $250,000 per hour across all industries and organisational sizes.

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