Today Cloud has become the growth engine for businesses with the potential of placing information, insights and decision-making intelligence at people’s fingertips, anytime and anywhere. With cloud, large multinational businesses can function seamlessly and smaller companies can become global instantly. But this phenomenon can’t be fully realized without robust global networks of data centers and communication hubs that assure the highest level of security, always-on reliability and seamless interactions between employees and customers.
Hence, on Friday January 17, IBM announced a $1.2 billion investment that will significantly expand its cloud footprint by the end of 2014. Last year, IBM made a huge investment by acquiring SoftLayer for $2 billion and adding it to its existing high value cloud portfolio. With the Friday’s announcement, IBM has taken yet another major step in driving a global expansion of its cloud footprint and helping clients drive transformation. IBM will now deliver cloud services from 40 data centers on five continents and in 15 countries—with new additions including China, Washington, D.C., Hong Kong, London, Japan, India, Canada, Mexico City and Dallas. Next year, IBM plans on expanding to the Middle East and Africa. This network of cloud centers are designed to bring clients greater flexibility, transparency and control over how they manage their data, run their business and deploy their IT operations locally in the cloud. This is the most comprehensive global cloud service any company has ever offered.
With a robust cloud network across the globe, IBM is focused to bring speed, security and dependability across businesses. By positioning cloud data centers in countries around the world, IBM would assure the speediest performance for everybody involved and comply with local laws while providing local clients with great benefits of cloud. A crucial element of cloud dependability is the networks that connect end users to computing resources. For instance, IBM’s SoftLayer offers self-service, high-performance IaaS for the most demanding cloud application and one of its strengths is its private network. IBM SoftLayer operates a separate network for its traffic rather than relying on the wild-and-wholly Internet for connectivity. This setup assures a secure and fast flow of data not just between data centers but between individual computers where the entire global network of computers operates like it’s a single massive computer. IBM believes that these qualities—speed, security and dependability will become even more important as the world enters a new era of computing, which we call the era of cognitive systems. Cognitive computers (like IBM Watson) ingest huge quantities of information, learn from their interactions with humans and data, augment human thinking and interact with humans in ways that are more natural to us. These cognitive capabilities will be delivered to people through cloud services. To turn that promise into reality, IBM is dedicated in developing cognitive services and applications by building a robust and global network of cloud data centers to deliver high performance and jump-start new growth. I encourage you to please read the full announcement here and discover how IBM can co-create a new generation of cloud-based services to support and expand your business. Leave your thoughts on Twitter @IBMSDE.
IBM Systems and Technology Group