United States : IBM commits $1.2 billion to expand global cloud footprint [TendersInfo (India)]
(TendersInfo (India) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) A network of new data centers, robust security mechanism, and the high speed connectivity would provide solid cloud computing infrastructure specially designed for government sector business.
Another important declaration related to the public sector cloud computing business was made public by the Big Blue that it is going to start a comprehensive and consolidated cloud computing infrastructure that will be specifically designed for government organizations. This new venture is a part of the huge investment as much as $1.2 billion of the company to be invested for enhancing the data centers for cloud computing services under the SoftLayer business subsidiary of IBM.
It was further informed in the official statement of the company that the new cloud computing infrastructure would include a series of data centers and high speed internet connectivity between those data centers. The first data center of this series of data centers would be formed in the Dallas, TX. According to the statement, the Dallas data center would be online by the June 16, 2014. While the second important data center for government specific services would be established in Ashburn, Virginia; and, it will be online by the fall of this year.
Talking about the features and capabilities of these data centers and connecting network, the statement further informed that the capacity of the government specific data centers would be about 30,000 servers initially; later on, the same would be expanded as per requirements. The speed of the network connectivity would be able to cater as much demand as 2000 gigabytes per second. Both of these data centers would be certified under FedRAMP (Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program), and Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA). Both of these certifications are the basic requirements for qualifying the space for government agencies and organizations.
The official statement of the company further elaborated about the expansion of the cloud computing infrastructure of the company that the capacity of the SoftLayer would be doubled by the end of year 2014 with as many as 40 data centers across the five continents of the globe. The targeted countries for these data centers are Mexico, Canada, China, India, Hong Kong, Japan, the UK, and the USA.
It is very essential to note that many companies, such as AWS, Mirantis, Google, Azure, and others are trying hard to get substantial portion of cloud computing business in the public sector.
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