IBM has announced plans to commit $1.2 billion to expanding its global Internet cloud computing business — some of this will go toward opening cloud centers in various cities.
The Armonk, Ny.-based company plans to launch several new cloud data centers in 13 countries — physical locations from which IBM employees can demonstrate and set up cloud offerings. This year IBM plans to open 15 new centers in Washington, Hong Kong, London, Toronto, Dallas, and a few cities in Japan, India, China and Mexico, among others.
Since 2007, IBM has invested more than $7.5 billion in 15 cloud-related acquisitions, including SoftLayer, a Dallas-based cloud computing infrastructure company IBM acquired for $2 billion in July. The newest commitment is designed to help the company reach its goal of $7 billion in annual cloud revenue by 2015.
IBM has been ramping up its federal cloud services — its data center in Washington will serve as a hub for federal cloud customers, according to the company. The company expects the center to be operational in the second quarter of 2014.
In the fall, the Department of the Interior selected IBM as one of 10 cloud companies to compete for $1 billion in cloud contracts with the agency over the next 10 years.