IBM has expanded its data centre network with 11 new sites to reach a total of 48 locations as the firm looks to entice more businesses in overseas nations to use its cloud services. The move forms part of IBM's $1.2bn data centre expansion.
Three of the new locations - Frankfurt, Mexico City and Tokyo – are part of IBM’s own Cloud Centre deployments and will host its various cloud services on the SoftLayer platform. IBM launched a similar service in London earlier this year.
The other eight new locations are Amsterdam, Dallas, Paris, Silicon Valley, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo and Washington DC. These take advantage of existing data centres managed by Equinix.
The move underlines IBM's efforts to cover as many markets as quickly as it can to continue growing revenues from cloud sales, as explained by Robert LeBlanc, senior vice president for software and cloud solutions at IBM.
“IBM recognises that businesses and governments need the cloud to help them innovate, grow and operate more efficiently in concert with their existing IT investments," he said.
"Everything IBM does is designed to help companies transition to the cloud in a responsible way at a pace that best fits their business model and industry.
"Just as we helped major organisations transform in each preceding era of IT, IBM now serves as the cloud platform for the enterprise.”
One benefit of having data centres in several nations is that IBM can adhere to local data protection laws and guarantee that customers' data will remain within their country.
However, such promises could soon appear hollow as a vital case for the cloud sector unfolds in the US in which Microsoft argues that the US government should not have the right to access data stored on servers overseas.
Other tech giants, including Apple, Cisco and HP, have backed this argument as the case could have serious repercussions for the cloud market.
If the case continues to go in favour of the US government the authorities will be able to access businesses' data, regardless of location, as US cloud providers, such as IBM or HP, will have to turn information over when requested.
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