Enterprise IT vendor IBM has expanded its cloud computing network to 40 cloud centers with 12 new locations targeting business customers for hybrid cloud computing.
IBM’s 12 new Cloud centers in Frankfurt, Mexico City and Tokyo, and nine more centers through a partnership with Equinix in Australia, France, Japan, Singapore, The Netherlands and the US.
IBM’s deal with Equinix provides access to SoftLayer cloud services via the Equinix Cloud Exchange in nine markets spanning the Americas, Europe and Asia Pacific, including Amsterdam, Dallas, Chicago, Paris, Silicon Valley, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo and Washington, D.C.
In January 2014, IBM announced $1.2 billion investment to grow its cloud presence. Its cloud plans have already resulted into revenue growth as well. IBM reported cloud revenue rose 69 percent to $4.4 billion in 2013. IBM cloud revenue increased 50 percent through the third quarter 2014 with a $3.1 billion run rate in as-a-service revenue.
At present, IBM has cloud centers in Mumbai, London, Amsterdam, Beijing, Hong Kong, Singapore, Melbourne, Toronto, Dallas and Raleigh, N.C., opened this year.
IBM targets hybrid Cloud deployments
IBM will be targeting customers for hybrid Cloud deployment.
IT market research agency Gartner says nearly half of enterprises will have a hybrid cloud deployed by 2017.
IBM estimates about 100 nations and territories have adopted laws that dictate how governments and private enterprises handle personal data.
Since the start of November, IBM has announced more than $4 billion worth of cloud agreements with major enterprises including Lufthansa in Germany, ABN AMRO in the Netherlands, WPP in the UK, Woox Innovations in Hong Kong, Dow Water and Thomson Reuters.
IBM has also inked cloud deal with transport operator National Express to improve operational performance and customer experience by providing up-to-the-minute train information and allow postcode-to-postcode journey planning in the UK.
Jim Comfort, general manager, IBM Cloud Services, 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 organizations transform in each preceding era of IT, IBM now serves as the cloud platform for the enterprise.”