IBM opens fourth data centre in Australia

12 Jun 2017

IBM has opened a fourth data centre in Sydney to meet increased demand for Bluemix, its locally-hosted cloud service, and Watson, its artificially intelligent cognitive computing platform.

The new centre, in a 6MW Erskine Park facility run by co-location provider, Digital Realty, joins three other existing Australian IBM cloud data centres in Sydney and Melbourne.

Cloud resources

Cloud resources make it possible to bring together multiple data sources, scale systems, and incorporate cognitive services, and each of IBM’s 60 cloud data centres around the world is connected to the company’s global private network, making data transfers quicker and more efficient.

Bluemix, the cloud platform IBM developed and released three years ago, supports several programming languages and services as well as integrated DevOps to build, run, deploy and manage applications on the cloud.

Onshore hosting is important ‘because we know our enterprise clients want to keep their data local,’ said Tony Armfield, VP Cloud for IBM Australia and New Zealand. He added that more and more Australian organisations are tapping into the IBM C

Cognitive computing

The Watson cognitive computing platform, named after IBM’s first CEO, is an artificially intelligent computer system capable of answering questions posed in natural language.

Founded in 1911 and based in Armonk, New York, IBM is one of the world’s largest multi-technology companies with operations in over 170 countries and 380,000 employees worldwide, and posted revenue of over US$79 billion for 2016.