IBM pumps US$300m into business continuity centres

Vendor to add an extra 13 facilities worldwide

IBM last month announced it is spending US$300 (NZ$449 million) million to expand its business continuity and disaster recovery business, adding 13 facilities around the world to address what it says is a surge in demand from businesses and governments.

IBM says its investment is the largest of its kind in its 40-year history in the business continuity and resiliency industry.

Stan Clanton, vice president of infrastructure at InfoUSA Services Group, said he's excited about the prospects of IBM expanding its overseas business continuity and resiliency services.

"Part of our direction is to expand internationally. The value of having an international partner will make it more convenient for me to deal with potential recoveries internationally," he says.

InfoUSA is a US$750 million direct-mail services and consumer database information company, based in Omaha, Nebraska.

Clanton says he only uses IBM's recovery service for his mainframe environment and has an internal recovery architecture for the company's 1,400 servers and various storage arrays.

IBM says it will build new "Business Resilience Centres" in 10 countries in cities that include: Hong Kong; Beijing; Shanghai; Tokyo; Paris; London; Izmir, Turkey; Warsaw; Milan, Italy; New York City and Cologne, Germany. They will open this year, and will house IBM's latest remote data management and information protection capabilities, including the storing, replicating and recovering of data and business applications for the first time from a cloud computing-based environment.

IBM also says it is accelerating the build-out of its Information Protection Services business in order to deliver cloud-based computing services to support business continuity. Those services use technology gained from IBM's acquisition of Arsenal Digital Solutions earlier this year and combine IBM hardware with storage management software in a fully configured, rack-mounted storage appliance, known as a data protection "vault".

IBM currently has more than 150 business resilience centres worldwide.

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