New IBM Cloud Centre In Singapore
I’m back in Texas, and was just this morning chatting with a friend about the state of U.S. infrastructure compared to other parts of the world, and the subject of Singapore came up.
In specific, Singapore’s forward-thinking approach to investing in information technology and high-speed broadband.
And then I saw the following news cross the wire, that IBM today announced a U.S. $38M investment in a new IBM Asia Pacific Cloud Computing Data Centre in Singapore.
You can’t make this stuff up.
The new centre will provide businesses with solutions and service to harness the potential of cloud computing, and is slated to launch in April.
According to Chris Morris Director of Cloud Services & Technologies, IDC Asia/Pacific, “The APEJ market for cloud computing services will grow by an average 40% per annum rate through 2014 to reach US$4.9 billion. A major driver of this growth has been the new regional data centres which are now emerging to provide the necessary infrastructure for growth of the key cloud service areas.
While cloud services have been attractive in the past, concerns about the consistency of the service performance due to the potential impact of network latency and the location of the data have inhibited their uptake for anything that was a critical workload. This increased availability of enterprise-class cloud services will underpin the acceleration of cloud services in APEJ as cloud service shifts from the SMB sector to the large enterprise.”
The first offering to be available at the IBM Asia Pacific Cloud Computing Data Centre will be from IBM’s infrastructure as a service (IaaS) cloud portfolio.
Built on an agile cloud infrastructure, the offering is designed to provide rapid access to security-rich, enterprise-class virtual server environments and is well suited for development and test activities and other dynamic workloads.
It will help enterprises fulfill on the promise of cloud by reducing operational costs, eliminating capital outlays, improving cycle times for faster time-to-market, and improving quality with virtually instant, secure access to a standardized infrastructure as a service environment.
Additionally a compelling catalogue of software from the IBM Software Group and 3rd party companies — will be available in a variety of payment models designed for Mid-Size and Large Enterprises and Independent Software Vendors (ISVs).
A sampling of ideal workloads includes but is not limited to:
- Application development
- New projects or quick deployment of existing projects
- Transient applications – demos, training, proof of concept, technology migration
- Multi-site, outsourced development and test, including access from multiple sites, remote locations or separated external and contractor resources
- Functional and non-functional testing
- Dynamic workloads requiring variable capacity, such as web hosting, application pilots, statistical modeling or research activities
IBM has helped thousands of clients adopt cloud models and manages millions of cloud based transactions every day. It assists clients in areas as diverse as banking, communications, healthcare and government to build their own clouds or securely tap into IBM cloud-based business and infrastructure services.
IBM is unique in bringing together key cloud technologies, deep process knowledge, a broad portfolio of cloud solutions, and a network of global delivery centres.
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