IBM took the wraps off a new cloud computing center in Canada this week which it says will allow Canadian businesses to take advantage of the benefits offered by cloud computing while complying with Canadian security and privacy laws.
The $42 million IBM Cloud Compute Center in Toronto will allow businesses and organizations to develop, host and test applications on a pay-as-you-go model. IBM said confidential information is protected and kept securely resident in Canada, in accordance with Canadian privacy laws.
According to Canada-based IDC analyst Mark Schrutt, the market for cloud delivery capabilities in Canada is expected to grow by 40% over the next three years, and will break the $1 billion mark by 2015. The cloud computing center adds to a network of 16 data centers IBM operates across Canada.
In announcing the unveiling, IBM showcased several customers that will be leveraging the facility’s services.
Buchanan Technologies, an IT professional services firm said it plans to use the center’s capabilities to meet a growing demand for hosted offerings in the financial and public service sector. “There’s a great competitive advantage to providing geographic-specific cloud delivery capabilities for customers and ISVs,” Buchanan president Stephen Sweett said in a statement.
In January, IBM announced plans to build a massive cloud computing center in China. IBM will partner with Range Technology Development Co. Ltd. to build a 6.2 million square foot facility in Hebei Province.
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