IBM opens cloud resilience center in NC; next in Mumbai & Turkey


IBM has announced the opening of a new cloud resilience center in Research Triangle Park (RTP), North Carolina.

IBM’s cloud resiliency center provides advanced business continuity capabilities in the cloud to protect companies from potential costly disruptions, IBM said.

The development comes at a time when the disaster recovery market is estimated to grow to almost $32 billion by 2015. To explore market opportunities, IBM will also open two new cloud based resiliency centers in Mumbai, India, and Izmir, Turkey.

These new facilities will join the 15 other global centers planned by SoftLayer and 150 resiliency centers, IBM said.

IBMIBM has also signed Monitise, a provider of mobile money solutions, as the first customer to use the RTP, North Carolina center.

With IBM support, Monitise, for example, is able to establish a resilient and highly flexible bank-grade architecture enabling it to deliver uninterrupted service to its clients. This is important for the mobile money provider as mobile payment becomes an increasingly integral and recognizable part of daily life.

Adam Banks, EVP Technology at Monitise, said, “As we expand globally, this partnership with IBM allows us to provide a consistent, reliable customer service while having in place a proven cloud resiliency plan that ensures us that no matter the issue, our real-time service capabilities will not be impacted.”

IBM’s new resiliency center integrates cloud and traditional disaster recovery capabilities with additional physical security features.  The service has reduced recovery time from the typical 24 to 48 hours to a matter of few minutes.

At the center, IBM team will monitor developing disaster events and then mobilize as needed to ensure that the infrastructure for all customers is configured to handle the latest threats to keep data, applications, people and transactions secure, IBM said.

“The work we’re doing with Monitise at this new cloud resiliency center is a strong testament to IBM partnerships with enterprise clients to drive new innovation,” said Mike Errity, vice president, IBM Business Continuity and Resiliency Services.

“By creating a new benchmark for delivering client continuity services in hybrid, public and private cloud environments, we meet the demands of businesses required to serve the around the clock needs of their clients,” Errity added.