IBM has announced the opening of four new IBM Cloud data centres in the United States to support growing enterprise demand for cloud infrastructure that can provide access to services like IoT, blockchain, quantum computing and cognitive.
IBM Cloud’s global network includes cloud data centres in key local markets around the world so clients can run their data and applications locally to meet performance and regulatory needs. With data centres across 19 countries and six continents, enterprises can provision cloud infrastructure when and where they need. The new cloud data centres in the US can provide clients with infrastructure to manage and gain insight from their data while also taking advantage of IBM’s advanced cognitive services with Watson on the IBM Cloud.
The opening of two new facilities in Dallas, Texas, and two new facilities in Washington, D.C., is a key part of IBM’s investment to expand its global cloud footprint in 2017.
As enterprises increasingly turn to AI to generate value from their data, demand for public and hybrid cloud infrastructure will continue to grow. According to IDC, worldwide spending on public cloud services and infrastructure will reach $203.4 billion by 2020, a 21.5% compound annual growth rate – nearly seven times the rate of overall IT spending growth.
“IBM is making major investments to expand its global cloud data centres in 2017 and provide the infrastructure necessary for enterprises to run their cognitive, big data, blockchain and IoT workloads,” said John Considine, general manager for cloud infrastructure, IBM. “IBM’s growing global cloud footprint gives enterprises the flexibility and scale to run their most complex workloads when and where they need.”