Big Blue Announces Launch of New Cloud Data Centres in United Kingdom
25 November 2016
American technology corporation IBM – often referred to as ‘Big Blue’ – has announced the launch of new cloud data centres in the United Kingdom. Traditionally recognized as a hardware and software provider, IBM has headquarters in Armonk, New York, United States. A global brand, the company has been realigning its activity over the last number of years to focus on delivering the cloud, a move underscored by its 2013 acquisition of computing infrastructure company SoftLayer Technologies Inc. Its new UK data centres will create a UK network which focuses on data storage and includes the company’s existing cloud operations in North Harbour, Portsmouth.
The first of IBM’s four new UK data storage centres will launch in Hampshire later this year. The next centre to open will be based in Farnborough and go online in early 2017. The locations and launch dates for the other centres have yet to be announced. The move further underscores the importance of the cloud to IBM.
"By adding four new Cloud data centers in the UK, IBM is giving local businesses an easy route to the cloud, helping them quickly innovate and respond to market demands,” explained IBM Cloud’s Senior Vice President, Robert LeBlanc inn a company press release. "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."
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