IBM launches four new cloud data centres in America
Fri 28 Apr 2017
IBM continues a busy year with the launch of four new IBM data centres in the USA.
Two new IBM data centres have been opened in Dallas, Texas, while the other two have debuted in Washington, DC. This takes the total of IBM data centres to 22 in America and 55 worldwide.
John Considine, general manager for cloud infrastructure at IBM said that the company is making major investments to expand its global cloud data centres this year and to “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.”
The four new data centres follow other major IBM moves this year. The company is due to acquire two data centres from British banking group, Lloyds. The group has been finalising plans to transfer nearly 2000 staff members to IBM in an IT outsourcing deal worth £1.3 billion ($1.58bn).
Meanwhile, IBM has been selected by the US army to build and run a data centre in its Redstone Arsenal army post in Huntsville, Alabama. The ‘on-premises, commercially-owned, commercially-operated cloud’ was announced in 2016 and is part of the Army Private Cloud Enterprise (APCE) programme. This initiative is set to replace 11 extant army-run facilities and could lead to a larger roll-out.
IBM has also teamed up with Chinese property company Dalian Wanda to sell cloud services in China. This will form Wanda Cloud Company and will sell IBM’s BlueMix cloud infrastructure and platform as a service (IaaS and PaaS) offerings. New data centres will also be built and run by the two joint companies.
Revenue from IBM’s cloud services has increased 33% in the last quarter, with its total cloud revenue reaching $14.6 billion in the last year.