IBM has announced that four new data centers are now open, including one in Sydney, to bolster its cloud capabilities.

With the new facility in NSW, IBM now operates four cloud data centers in Australia, expanding capacity to meet increasing demand from government and enterprise clients who want to build and host applications closer to their end users.

The new data centers, including two in London and one in San Jose, bring IBM’s global cloud data center footprint to nearly 60 across 19 countries and bolster its existing cloud footprint in these regions.

According to IDC, worldwide spending on public cloud services and infrastructure is forecast to reach $266 billion in 2021. While public cloud adoption continues to grow, enterprises navigating the transition to the public cloud may also be subject to many different regulatory requirements around the world related to security, privacy and other key issues.

IBM’s enterprise-grade cloud data centers follow a standardized set of core controls to help secure client data and interests. IBM also is one of the first global cloud companies to adopt the EU’s Data Protection Code of Conduct for Cloud Service Providers, demonstrating a firm commitment to data privacy and security in its cloud infrastructure services.

Additionally, IBM is continuing to invest in growing its cloud data center presence to provide businesses with access to cloud infrastructure that is cognitive at the core and designed to be data-first. The additional facilities in London, Sydney and San Jose will help enterprises take advantage of more than 150 APIs and services to deploy next generation applications, ranging from cognitive and blockchain to big data and IoT.

“IBM operates cloud data centers in nearly every major market around the world, ensuring that our clients can keep their data local for a variety of reasons – including performance, security or regulatory requirements,” said John Considine, general manager for cloud infrastructure services, IBM.

“We continue to expand our cloud capacity in response to growing demand from clients who require cloud infrastructure and cognitive services to help them compete on a global scale.”

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