Broadening its Cloud Presence, IBM Adds Four New Facilities

Continuing toward architecting a single cloud platform that is tuned for AI and data, IBM announced that it is expanding its network of cloud data centers with four new ones,  including two in the UK (London), one in Australia (Sydney) and one in the U.S. (San Jose).

The new facilities are designed to help clients build next-generation IoT, blockchain and AI applications by providing cloud infrastructure that is tuned for cognitive and big data.

According to IBM, the expansion is aimed at enabling clients around the world to take advantage of a cloud that is optimized for cognitive and big data workloads while offering the flexibility to store data where they choose.

In total, IBM now has nearly 60 cloud data centers across 19 countries which the company says is vital since global enterprises making the transition to the public cloud are subject to many regulatory requirements related to security, privacy, governance and other issues.

IBM’s enterprise-grade cloud data centers follow a standardized set of core controls to help secure client data and interests. IBM ays it is also one of the first global cloud companies to adopt the EU’s Data Protection Code of Conduct for Cloud Service Providers, demonstrating a commitment to data privacy and security in its cloud infrastructure services.

Additionally, IBM is continuing to invest in growing its cloud data center presence to provide businesses with access to cloud infrastructure that is cognitive at the core and designed to be data-first. The additional facilities in London, Sydney and San Jose will help enterprises take advantage of more than 150 APIs and services to deploy next generation applications, ranging from cognitive and blockchain to big data and IoT. Clients such as Bitly and Halliburton are already benefiting from IBM’s global network of cloud data centers.

IBM now operates cloud data centers in nearly every major market around the world, supporting clients that need to keep data local for performance, security or regulatory requirements, said John Considine, general manager for cloud infrastructure services, IBM.  He noted that IBM will continue to expand cloud capacity in response to demand from clients who require cloud infrastructure and cognitive services to help them compete on a global scale.

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