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IBM to expand cloud footprint

January 19, 2014 • Cloud Computing, Top Stories

Technology giant IBM announced has announced plans to commit over $1.2 billion to significantly expand its global cloud footprint. This investment includes a network of data centres designed to bring clients greater flexibility, transparency and control over how they manage their data, run their businesses and deploy their IT operations in the cloud.

Erich Clementi, senior vice president of IBM Global Technology Services (image: IBM)

Erich Clementi, senior vice president of IBM Global Technology Services (image: IBM)

“IBM is continuing to invest in high growth areas,” said Erich Clementi, senior vice president of IBM Global Technology Services. “Last year, IBM made a big investment adding the $2 billion acquisition of SoftLayer to its existing high value cloud portfolio. Today’s announcement is another major step in driving a global expansion of IBM’s cloud footprint and helping clients drive transformation.”

The new cloud investment IBM is making will provide business clients the ability to place and control their data globally. IBM SoftLayer gives clients the ability to choose a cloud environment and location that best suits their business needs and provides visibility and transparency to where data reside, control of data security and placement.

“Cloudant’s global expansion rate is fueled by the always-on commitment we make to our customers,” said Cloudant CEO Derek Schoettle.

“Our mission is to be the standard data layer for Web and mobile applications. That mission requires us to push application data to the network edge, in as many locations as possible. Expanding beyond IBM SoftLayer’s current footprint presents significant value to our business. The investment IBM is making to expand their global footprint will not only help fuel our growth, but the growth of thousands of Cloudant users worldwide as well.”

Staff writer

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