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IBM triples Cloud datacentre capacity in the UK

22 November 2016

IBM announced that it is adding four new Cloud datacentres infused with cognitive intelligence in the UK, to keep pace with growing client demand.

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The investment in the new facilities underscores IBM's commitment to providing innovative solutions to the UK market and triples its Cloud centre capacity in the UK.

"We are already among the most digitally connected countries in the world, with a globally successful digital economy worth more than £118billion a year and strong cyber security defences to protect consumers and business,” said Matt Hancock, Minister of State for Digital and Culture. "The announcement by IBM is a further boost for this thriving area, and another vote of confidence which shows Britain is open for business. These new cloud datacentres will help our firms work smarter and quicker to become the world-leading businesses of tomorrow."

These new facilities expand IBM's cloud datacentre footprint from two to six in the UK and 16 across Europe as part of IBM’s network of more than 50 datacentres worldwide. With these new datacentres, clients have access to a complete portfolio of IBM cloud services for running their mission critical enterprise workloads and innovations through more than 150 digital services (APIs). These digital services are available via IBM's development platform, Bluemix and include Watson, IBM's cognitive intelligence technology that allows computers to think and learn like humans, building blocks for innovative Blockchain applications that increase trust in transactions, plus enabling technologies for Internet of Things (IoT) and analytics applications.

IBM was first to offer cloud services to clients in the UK through an existing Cloud datacentre more than five years ago, which was swiftly followed by a second UK Cloud datacentre in 2014.  IBM was recently cited as a "strong performer" in Forrester's latest Wave Report on global public Cloud platforms in Europe. IBM also earned the highest possible score for its hybrid cloud strategy as well as the top ranking for IBM’s infrastructure services.

"By adding four new Cloud datacentres in the UK, IBM is giving local businesses an easy route to the Cloud, helping them quickly innovate and respond to market demands,” said Robert LeBlanc, senior vice president of IBM Cloud. "IBM is continuing to invest in high growth areas, offering clients higher-value Cloud data services such as Watson and Blockchain running on our Cloud infrastructure that delivers world-class scalability, performance and security." 

IBM global Cloud datacentre footprint (Credit: IBM)

IBM also signed an agreement to lease space within Ark Data Centres in the UK, which will see the second of the four new cloud datacentres fully operational in mid-2017. Ark is the joint venture partner with the UK Government delivering public sector datacentre services under the Crown Hosting Framework. Crown Hosting, based in the same Ark facility, is already being used by a number of public sector departments and agencies.

UK clients already benefitting from IBM Cloud

Hundreds of UK clients of all sizes are already taking advantage of the benefits IBM Cloud offers including Dixons Carphone, National Express, National Grid, Shop Direct, Travis Perkins PLC and Wimbledon.

With more than 50 global cloud datacentres, IBM helps companies securely manage and gain insight into their data no matter where it resides. The news also reinforces IBM’s strong Cloud presence across Europe, and the additional facilities announced uniquely position IBM as the market leader with more UK datacentres than any other vendor. In September, IBM announced the opening of its first cloud datacentre in the Nordics. 

The new UK facilities will enable companies of all sizes to digitise business and operations and drive innovation through the IBM Cloud. The first facility will open in Fareham at the end of December, with three more opening in the UK next year.

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