What does IBM’s big cloud move mean for business?

February 7th, 2014 Backbone Connect, Blog, Cloud Platform, News

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As IBM commits $1.2 billion to expand its data centre and cloud storage business, what does this mean for the rest of us?

Cloud computing has certainly grown in popularity over the last few years. With the technology advancing, and the true potential of cloud-based resources being more readily recognised, the newest form of data storage is now being enthusiastically utilised by consumers and businesses alike.

And that trend is set to continue, as software giant IBM has announced big plans to expand in the cloud computing services market, by committing $1.2 billion to grow its data centre and cloud storage operation. The investment will see the creation of 15 new data centres throughout the world during 2014, bringing it’s number of facilities to 40 in total. After acquiring cloud services company SoftLayer last year for $2 billion, this latest move will see its storage capacity double.

The growth is being seen as IBM’s move to challenge the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud provision service. The AWS cloud service is a cheaper, no frills cloud option that allows companies to create a fast, high storage data solution without the need to build a physical server infrastructure. And because it’s readily available and easy to use, it’s also a cheap, no-fuss option to transition to the cloud without the need for heavy set-up costs, or an easy way to test and develop new systems via the cloud without interrupting the daily operation of your infrastructure.

AWS has proven popular with businesses since its launch in 2006, and had an estimated 11.6 million websites hosted on its servers in May 2013 – a number which is continuing to increase.

The move by IBM to invest so heavily in cloud services is yet another sign of the increased popularity of the cloud, and could make cloud adoption more feasible for many companies. And having another big player taking on the might of Amazon can only be a good thing, ensuring developed services, competitive pricing (as demonstrated by the latest AWS price cut) and a growth to the industry as a whole.

If you’re using a traditional infrastructure, there are many benefits from transitioning to a cloud-based option, such as:

•    Easier access to data whilst on the move
•    Lower running and maintenance costs
•    Increased security measures
•    Freed up office space due to less hardware on site

If you’re thinking of transitioning to a cloud-based data solution, or if you’re interested in testing a virtual data centre, it’s worth talking to an independent advisor who can offer impartial advice on cloud set-up and the best ways to get the most out of any virtual environment.

Already a cloud user? What do you think? Leave a comment and let us know.

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