IBM to add four new data centres in UK cloud expansion
Tue 22 Nov 2016
IBM has announced it is set to triple its UK-based cloud data centre capacity over the next year, increasing investment plans and opening four new facilities to join its two existing UK data centres.
The American tech giant noted in a company statement that the new investment underscores a ‘long-standing commitment’ to the UK market.
The UK expansion will see IBM Cloud increase its European data centre footprint to a total of 16 facilities, as part of the company’s larger network of 50 data centres worldwide.
The first of the four new sites is set to open in Fareham, Hampshire by the end of 2016, with the remaining three due to launch in multiple locations across the country in 2017.
According to the release, IBM hopes that the expansion will meet a growing client demand for cloud adoption and cognitive intelligence in the country. Senior vice president of IBM Cloud, Robert LeBlanc, noted how the investment would allow its UK customers to manage their data with greater flexibility, transparency and control.
‘IBM is continuing to invest in high growth areas, offering clients higher-value cloud data services such as Watson and Blockchain running on our cloud infrastructure that delivers world-class scalability, performance and security,’ said LeBlanc.
The UK facilities will offer access to more than 150 open APIs and cloud-based services, including IBM’s cognitive computing platform Watson, Blockchain and IoT services.
The UK expansion will see IBM lease space within Ark Data Centres, which is currently the joint venture partner with the UK Government and delivers public sector data centre services through the Crown Hosting Framework.
Commenting on IBM’s interest in the UK, Matt Hancock, Minister of State for Digital and Culture said: ‘We are already among the most digitally connected countries in the world, with a globally successful digital economy worth more than £118 billion a year and strong cyber security defences to protect consumers and business.’
In support of the government’s efforts to send out a message that the UK remains open for business after the vote to leave the European Union, Hancock continued: ‘Today’s announcement by IBM is a further boost for this thriving area and another vote of confidence which shows Britain is open for business. These new cloud data centres will help our firms work smarter and quicker to become the world-leading businesses of tomorrow.’