Monday, October 23, 2017

IBM opens four cognitive data centres as cloud infrastructure demand surges

Big Blue now operates more than 55 global facilities in 19 countries as cognitive computing, blockchain, IoT and quantum computing pick up.

IBM has opened four data centres in the US to serve cloud hungry customers and provide access to services like IoT, blockchain, quantum computing and cognitive.

The facilities are located in Dallas, Texas and Washington, D.C. (two data centres).

Each data centre has the capacity for thousands of physical servers and offers cloud infrastructure services, including bare metal servers, virtual servers, storage, security services and networking.

IBM’s cloud investment comes as worldwide spending on public cloud services and infrastructure is expected to reach $203.4bn by 2020, a 21.5% compound annual growth rate – nearly seven times the rate of overall IT spending growth, according to IDC.

John Considine, general manager 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.

“IBM’s growing global cloud footprint gives enterprises the flexibility and scale to run their most complex workloads when and where they need.”

With the addition of the four facilities in the US, IBM has increased its global footprint to more than 55 sites in 19 countries spanning six continents. In the US alone, the company has 22 data centres.