IBM expands UK cloud data centre network

IBM is adding four new cloud data centres infused with cognitive intelligence in the UK, to keep pace with growing public sector interest in cloud services.

The move comes after the Cloud Industry Forum said that cloud adoption rates increased to 84% in the UK over the course of the last five years. These new facilities expand IBM’s cloud data centre footprint from two to six in the UK.

The first site, set to be in the Hampshire town of Fareham, should be live sometime in the first quarter of 2017, with locations of the other new sites to be announced in due course.


Government joint venture

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 data centres fully operational in mid-2017. Ark is the joint venture partner with the UK Government delivering public sector data centre 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.

“We are already among the most digitally connected countries in the world, with a globally successful digital economy worth more than £118bn a year and strong cyber security defences to protect consumers and business,” said Matt Hancock, Minister of State for Digital and Culture. “Today’s 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 data centres will help our firms work smarter and quicker to become the world-leading businesses of tomorrow.”

Data security and residency are two key concerns when considering use of cloud services. IBM’s investment and expansion of their cloud data centre footprint in the UK goes a long way to addressing these concerns.

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