IBM opened four new Cloud data centers in the United States to support growing enterprise demand for cloud infrastructure.
The opening of two new facilities in Dallas, Texas, and two new facilities in Washington, D.C., is a key part of IBM’s investment to expand its global cloud footprint in 2017.
The enterprise IT major expects new facilities to support services like IoT, blockchain, quantum computing and cognitive.
With data centers across 19 countries and six continents, enterprises can provision cloud infrastructure when and where they need.
The new cloud data centers in the U.S. can provide clients with infrastructure to manage and gain insight from their data while also taking advantage of IBM’s advanced cognitive services with Watson on the IBM Cloud.
As enterprises increasingly turn to AI to generate value from their data, demand for public and hybrid cloud infrastructure will continue to grow.
According to IDC, worldwide spending on public cloud services and infrastructure will reach $203.4 billion by 2020, a 21.5 percent compound annual growth rate – nearly seven times the rate of overall IT spending growth.
“IBM is making major investments to expand our global cloud data centers in 2017 and provide the infrastructure necessary for enterprises to run their cognitive, big data, blockchain and IoT workloads,” said John Considine, general manager for cloud infrastructure, IBM.