Jan. 17, 2014
/PRNewswire/ -- IBM (NYSE:
) today announced plans to commit over
to significantly expand its global cloud footprint. This investment includes a network of data centers 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.
This year IBM plans to deliver cloud services from 40 data centers worldwide in 15 countries and five continents globally, including
. IBM will open 15 new centers worldwide adding to the existing global footprint of 13 global data centers from SoftLayer and 12 from IBM. Among the newest data centers to launch are
. With this announcement, IBM plans to have data centers in all major geographies and financial centers with plans to expand in the
By some estimates, the global cloud market is set to grow to
by businesses and government agencies deploying cloud services to market, sell, develop products, manage their supply chain and transform their business practices.
"IBM is continuing to invest in high growth areas," said
, senior vice president of IBM Global Technology Services. "Last year, IBM made a big investment adding the
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 investments 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.