IBM starts cloud data center in Norway

IBM Hybrid Cloud adoptionEnterprise IT major IBM has started a cloud data center in Fetsund, Norway.

Earlier, IBM offered free offers whenever it opened new cloud data centers. This time, IBM is not offering any discount to its new customers in Norway. IBM cloud services for enterprises include IBM Bluemix, Watson and analytics capabilities.

The facility in Norway is IBM’s 48th global cloud data center and the 12th in Europe. IBM is making huge investment to tap both small and large enterprises.

“We are committed to providing global and local clients the fastest and easiest onramp to the IBM Cloud to accelerate their digital transformation,” said Robert LeBlanc, senior vice president of IBM Cloud.

The IBM Cloud data center in Norway offers IBM Cloud infrastructure services, including bare metal and virtual servers, storage, security services, and networking.

Since the facility connects to all IBM’s public data centers on the continent and around the world, IBM’s customers can balance or reroute workloads between multiple locations.

Developers will have access to Bluemix – IBM’s Cloud innovation platform – and more than 150 APIs and services in key areas such as cognitive, Blockchain, Internet of Things (IoT) and big data.

Cxense, EVRY, KONE, Opera and Sapa Group have already used IBM Cloud services.

KONE, a manufacturer of elevators, escalators, automatic doors and turnstiles, is working with IBM Cloud to connect its global maintenance operations of more than one million elevators, escalators and building doors to cloud-based services.

EVRY, a IT services company, is leveraging IBM Cloud solutions to accelerate its transformation and deliver business value to its clients.

“Local access to IBM’s global network of public cloud data centers provides the ideal flexibility for our customers. The new cloud data center is designed to fuel support for innovation and quick adoption of new solutions that will help improve business efficiency,” said Arne Norheim, CEO of IBM Norway.

Cxense, which provides SaaS for audience insight to drive user engagement and conversions to over 350 customers, used IBM Cloud to implement a hybrid cloud solution. Cxense achieved 95 percent faster deployment with provisioning reduced from three months to less than a day.

IBM has joined hands with Nordea Bank to deliver IBM Bluemix as an innovation platform for their start-up accelerator program.

IBM is working with BigMed and Intromat, leading Norwegian healthcare organizations, to help them in the development of potential solutions with the goal of improving care for patients suffering from cancer and mental diseases.

Sopra Steria and Atea Outsourcing Services will extend and scale their production environments using IBM Cloud for a flexible infrastructure, OPEX-based consumption model as well as reach.

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