IBM has announced a major expansion of its cloud capabilities with plans to launch 18 new availability zones for the IBM Cloud across North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific.
The footprint of IBM Cloud will be expanded with 18 new cloud availability zones in high demand centers in Europe (Germany and UK), Asia-Pacific (Tokyo and Sydney), and North America (Washington, DC, and Dallas, Texas). An availability zone is an isolated instance of cloud inside a data center region, with independent power, cooling and networking to strengthen fault tolerance. While IBM Cloud already operates in nearly 60 locations, it would now have more capacity and capability in these key centers.
“The world’s biggest companies work with IBM to migrate them to the cloud because we know their technology and unique business needs as they bridge their past with the future,” said David Kenny, senior vice president, IBM Watson & Cloud Platform. “Our continued cloud investment and growing client roster reflect that companies are increasingly seeking hybrid cloud environments that offer cutting-edge tools including AI, analytics, IoT and blockchain to maximize their benefits.”
Additionally, customers will be able to deploy multi-zone Kubernetes clusters across IBM’s availability zones via the IBM Cloud Kubernetes Service. This would simplify how they deploy and manage containerized applications.