IBM to commit to cloud computing services in a bid to turnaround

IBM to commit to cloud computing services in a bid to turnaround

Global computing company IBM has announced that it intends to commit at least $1.2 billion (£750 billion) to the expansion of its cloud services as part of its bid to bring about a turnaround in its fortunes. 

The move will see the firm set up 15 new data centres, which it hopes will reach more global clients, according to a statement released Friday.

The new facilities will be launched in China, Washington, D.C., Hong Kong, London, Japan, India, Canada, Mexico City and Dallas.

Erich Clementi, senior vice president of IBM Global Technology Services, said in a press statement that the move signified a “major step in driving a global expansion of IBM’s cloud footprint and helping clients drive transformation.”

"Last year, IBM made a big investment adding the $2 billion acquisition of SoftLayer to its existing high value cloud portfolio. Today's announcement is another major step in driving a global expansion of IBM’s cloud footprint and helping clients drive transformation."  

The launch comes amid similar ventures by some of IBM's rivals, including Amazon Web Services, Google and Microsoft.

The increased competition has left IBM looking for new innovative methods of appealing to potential clients. 

One of its new developments is the division for Watson, a supercomputer that is capable of mimicking how people think, using natural language capabilities and analytics.

IBM is planning to farm out Watson's abilities to businesses and consumers via SoftLayer, and is encouraging developers to create apps that tap use the supercomputer.
The firm is attempting to regain a foothold in both the private and the public sector and claims that its latest investment in cloud technology will help to reach out to clients in a total of 13 countries over the course of the next 12 months. 

Another example of the company's preference for cloud services is when it was awarded the CalCloud contract last December to help bring the concept to clients across the state.