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... [Continue Reading]