IBM has announced that four new IBM Cloud data centres are now open, including two in London, England; one in San Jose, California; and one in Sydney, Australia. The four new facilities bring IBM’s global cloud data centre footprint to nearly 60 across 19 countries and bolster its existing cloud footprint in these regions. IBM is investing to expand its cloud footprint so clients around the world can take advantage of a cloud that is tuned for cognitive and big data workloads while offering flexibility to store data however and wherever they choose.
According to IDC, worldwide spending on public cloud services and infrastructure is forecast to reach $266 billion in 2021. While public cloud adoption continues to grow, enterprises navigating the transition to the public cloud may also be subject to many different regulatory requirements around the world related to security, privacy and other key issues.
IBM’s enterprise-grade cloud data centres follow a standardised set of core controls to help secure client data and interests. IBM also is one of the first global cloud companies to adopt the EU’s Data Protection Code of Conduct for Cloud Service Providers, demonstrating a firm commitment to data privacy and security in its cloud infrastructure services.
The two new cloud data centers that opened in London, England, bring IBM’s footprint to five data centres in the country. One additional data centre is set to launch this year to keep pace with growing client demand. The new facilities are part of the investment IBM announced in 2016 to triple the company’s cloud data centre capacity in the UK and reinforces its commitment to the country where clients are continuing to move to the cloud to transform their business operations.
The IBM’s data centre footprint is strategically positioned in the UK to help maintain a high level of network resilience and very low network latency. Key centres are positioned within 40km of each other which enables clients to split critical workloads across more than one site or seamlessly transfer between locations. Hundreds of UK clients of all sizes are already taking advantage of the benefits IBM Cloud offers, including Dixons Carphone, National Express, National Grid, Shop Direct, Travis Perkins PLC and Wimbledon.