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IBM's new cloud data centers power emerging tech

IBM announced four new cloud data centers in the United States designed to meet growing demand and accommodate internet of things, blockchain and quantum computing applications.

Dallas and the Washington, D.C., region each will be home to two new centers.  Francisco Romero, IBM’s VP of infrastructure operations, said that one facility in each city will be compliant with the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program for workloads at the moderate level.

These two new DC facilities give IBM a total of five data centers in the capital region, including one dedicated entirely to government business.

Each of the four new facilities offers a full range of cloud infrastructure services, including bare metal servers, virtual servers, storage, security services and networking. With services deployed on demand and full remote access and control, customers can tailor public, private or hybrid cloud environments to suit their needs.

The new WDC07 location houses 10,000 servers, and WDC06 has a 6,000 server capacity. The bandwidth in the new centers will be about five times more than what is seen in traditional switching, Romero said, and the servers use both NVIDIA GPUs and IBM’s latest generation of Power9 CPUs.

These new FedRAMP-compliant data centers will help IBM meet government demand for cloud services, which is increasing at about the same rate as IBM’s overall growth rate, Romero said.

Statista numbers, reported by Forbes, show that overall spending on cloud infrastructure could grow from $38 billion in 2016 to $176 billion in 2026.

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