IBM is to splash out $300m on 13 new facilities designed to support customers' disaster recovery requirements.
The IBM Business Resilience centres will be built in major cities throughout the world, including London, Paris, Hong Kong and Mumbai.
IBM said that it is responding to growing demand for business continuity services from public and private sector customers.
Customers will be able to store business critical data in IBM data protection vaults in the Business Resilience centres, and then access that data in the event of an emergency via new cloud computing technology, according to IBM.
The centres are slated for completion by the end of the year and more could follow, according to Philippe Jarre, general manager of IBM's global business continuity and resiliency services.
"We've seen a huge demand in terms of business continuity needs from our mature customers," he explained.
"The ultimate objective is for our customers to have no downtime and there are two approaches: prevent and react. All our centres are built to react."
Jarre added that IBM is working on technology that will be able to proactively detect when firms need to switch over their operations to the resilience centres because they are at risk.
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