IBM has announced that it is going to expand its data centers with focus on cloud computing market with an investment of $1.2 billion in a bid to remain competitive to internet companies like Amazon to fully dominate the cloud computing market.
[su_pullquote align=”right”][su_note]“This global expansion is aimed at accelerating into new markets based on growing client demand for high-value cloud,” – IBM. [/su_note][/su_pullquote]
The new data centers will be built in Hong Kong, Tornonto, Washington DC, London, China, Japan, India, Dallas, Mexico and Canada. These will bring the total number of data centers to 40.
The new plan of IBM envisages 4 data centers in the major geographic areas i.e. Americas, Europe, Asia and Latin America. It also plans to expand to Africa and Middle East in year 2015.
There are some estimates that the total global cloud computing market is likely to grow to a size of $200 billion by 2020.
IBM will make user of web hosting technology from Softlayer- the web hosting company that it purchased in 2013 for $2 billion – for building and delivering its cloud services. According to an announcement by IBM, Softlayer has been making inroads in cloud computing market and has served additional 2400 new cloud computing clients since its acquisition by IBM.