IBM will be committing over US$1.2 billion to expand its global cloud footprint this year.
The investment will include the opening of 15 new data centres worldwide. The new data centres will be located in China, Washington DC, Hong Kong, London, Japan, India, Canada, Mexico City and Dallas.
According to the company, this investment will provide its customer greater flexibility, transparency and control over how they manage their data, run their business and deploy their IT operations locally in the cloud.
SoftLayer to enrich IBM's cloud portfolio
IBM also plans to establish SoftLayer as the foundation of its cloud portfolio. SoftLayer's flexibility and global network will facilitate faster development, deployment and delivery of mobile, analytic, social solutions as customers adopt cloud as a delivery platform for IT operations and manage their business.
With SoftLayer, customers can house their data in an exclusive cloud environment that can only be accessed and controlled by them. It also allows customers to choose the cloud environment that best suit their business needs and set their preference for control of their data.
As SoftLayer relies on a private network that spans the globe, customers can build global applications that do not require or use the public internet to connect to servers that sit in multiple countries. Disruptions caused by other traffic on a public network will thus not affect the performance of these applications. Besides this, building an international application using SoftLayer's high performance private network better supports data location laws for IBM's customers.
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