SoftLayer will soon open new cloud datacentres in Sydney, Australia and Montreal, Canada as part of the company’s continued global rollout, with plans to add more capacity in other high growth regions in the coming months.
IBM said at an investor meeting this week the company plans to pour $4bn into strategic technology initatives like cloud, big data and Watson in a bid to reap about ten times as much in revenue by 2018.
North America’s National Hockey League (NHL) has announced a multiyear partnership with SAP that will see the hockey league deploy its recently announced statistics services on SAP HANA in the cloud.
ARM and IBM have jointly announced an Internet of Things starter kit that will enable developers to rapidly prototype mbed-based IoT applications using IBM’s platform as a service offering Bluemix and a development board from Freescale, powered by an ARM Cortex-M4 processor. The companies are aiming the kit at startups, which hasn’t traditionally been IBM’s nor ARM’s target demographic.
IBM is opening up a studio in London aimed at attracting design and digital experts to work with clients and develop digital solutions using the company’s mobile, big data and cloud technologies.
Netflix has deployed IBM storage systems in a bid to consolidate and manage growing data volumes. The announcement comes as Netflix looks to completely rethink its architecture.
UK e-retailer Shop Direct, the firm behind Very.co.uk and Littlewoods.com, has enlisted IBM to help the company set up and manage a hybrid cloud platform in a bid to make its online platforms more performant.
Global hotel chain Marriott International announced plans to use IBM’s cloud services to bolster the digital services the company offers to its guests in over 4,000 locations and improve the efficiency of the company’s IT operations.
Fourth quarter 2014 data suggests Amazon Web Services (AWS) has hit a five-year high in its share of the cloud infrastructure service market despite more competitors having entered the fray over that period.
IBM has announced the launch of an IT services centre in the City of Leicester that will reportedly create up to 300 IT jobs in the region. The announcement comes amidst massive workforce cuts elsewhere at the firm.