IBM Adds New Global Cloud Centers Under $1B Expansion Plan; Jim Comfort Comments

IBM-logo EbizIBM has opened new cloud centers in 12 new sites across Asia, Europe and the Americas as part of the company’s $1.2 billion expansion plan to meet hybrid cloud computing demand from enterprise clients.

The company said Wednesday the new facilities in Tokyo, Frankfurt, Mexico City and other areas bring IBM’s total cloud centers to 40.

The new cloud centers will provide business consulting and cloud resiliency services, among other offerings, as many countries begin to implement data residency regulations and startups eye global business opportunities, IBM said.

“IBM recognizes that businesses and governments need the cloud to help them innovate, grow and operate more efficiently in concert with their existing IT investments,” said Jim Comfort, general manager of cloud services at IBM.

The company’s partnership with Equinix has produced nine additional centers in the U.S., Australia, France, Japan, Singapore and the Netherlands to offer SoftLayer for workload management via the Equinix Cloud Exchange.

IBM has also partnered with SAP, Microsoft, Tencent Cloud, AT&T and Intel on other cloud initiatives.

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