zdnet.com 22 Nov, 2016
IBM is set to triple its cloud datacentre capacity in the UK, with expansion and investment plans which will add four new facilities to the two already located within the country. The move will see IBM Cloud expand its datacentre capacity to a total of 16 centres across Europe. The first of the four new datacentres is due to open in Fareham, Hampshire, by the end of December this year, with a further three set to open across the country in 2017. One of these will also be located in Farnborough, Hampshire, while the two other locations will be revealed next year. The six data centres will provide customers with access to over 150 digital services and APIs. Those include the Watson cognitive computing platform and the ability to deploy Blockchain payment applications. They will also enable customers to deploy technologies for more widely used applications like big data analytics, which are all scalable via the use of cloud computing. The datacentre expansion will see IBM lease space with Ark Data Centres, the government’s joint venture partner for delivering public sector datacentre services across the Crown Hosting Framework.