São Paulo, Brazil—Sep. 15, 2015
IBM (NYSE: IBM) continues to expand its cloud footprint by opening a second IBM Cloud data center in Brazil. Located in Jundiaí, São Paulo, this new facility gives local companies complete access to a broad array of services for building in-country cloud solutions, while global users can leverage faster network speeds to improve performance and reach end users even faster.
With capacity for 9,000 total servers and a power rating of 2.8 megawatts, the São Paulo data center offers the full range of SoftLayer infrastructure services, including bare metal and virtual servers, storage, security services, and networking. It follows Uptime Institute's Tier III standard classification, which guarantees no shutdowns for equipment replacement and maintenance.
As organizations increasingly turn to the cloud to support their strategic business goals, Brazil's cloud computing market is expected to more than double in the next two years. According to research firm Frost & Sullivan, Brazil’s cloud computing market, worth $474.8 million in 2014, is estimated to reach $1.11 billion in 2017. While cost reduction remains a major driver for cloud adoption, 45 percent of Brazilian IT executives responding to a 2014 Frost & Sullivan survey said the cloud supports business innovation, and another 45 percent said the cloud provides greater flexibility for their organization to explore new business opportunities.
By providing Brazilian customers with a local onramp to IBM Cloud resources, IBM increases flexibility for storing and computing data within the country. The new data center joins two other IBM Cloud data centers in Latin America: one located in Hortolândia, São Paulo and Queretaro, México, along with an expansive network of data centers that blanket the globe, providing users with the performance and disaster recovery solutions needed to ensure business continuity in case of accidents.
All IBM’s commitment to the development of Cloud in the market is paying off. Seekr, a Brazilian startup, launched in 2010 and one of the largest social media monitoring company in the country, moved to SoftLayer recently. "It is apparent to us, partners, the investment and interest from IBM to evolve increasingly SoftLayer. More than performance and quality, one of the great advantages of IBM is the service, promptness and assistance in defining the best solution for our needs, extremely difficult to find in other solutions of Cloud Computing”, says Mauricio Brentano, CTO of Seekr.
From the new location, the connections with IBM Cloud services in Latin America will be reduced to just milliseconds. The new data center can also host OpenStack-based solutions including those from Blue Box, a recent IBM acquisition. This helps extend the reach of any OpenStack environment, enabling customers to connect to infrastructure and managed services that support powerful architectures including AIX on Power Systems. This results in more flexibility and choice for customers when it comes to open standards and hybrid cloud deployments.
IBM operates more than 41 cloud data centers in the Americas, Asia, Australia and Europe so that customers can provision cloud resources exactly where and when they need them. Users have granular visibility into data center locations—down the exact city—allowing them to deploy critical cloud workloads in targeted geographic locations in order to minimize network latency, improve application performance and comply with local data regulations.
IBM has more than doubled Softlayer's overall data center capacity since it invested $1.2 billion back in 2014 for a massive global datacenter expansion. Now, this globally integrated network of cloud data centers, on every major continent, provides enterprises with the ability to scale and build out their IT resources as needed while minimizing risk. When coupled with Bluemix, IBM’s PaaS offering, developers can easily create and test new applications in full production environments from anywhere in the world while also having access to in-house resources like Watson for cognitive computing services as well as to dozens of third party services.
IBM Cloud offers one of the industry’s largest portfolio of software, services, data center solutions and consulting for private, public and hybrid cloud environments. Total revenue for IBM Cloud was $8.7 billion, for the second quarter, ending June 30, 2015, $4.5 billion of which was attributed to XaaS. IBM is helping organizations large and small adopt, manage, scale and benefit from open cloud technologies.