IBM invests $8 million in first cloud center in Spain to provide cloud services to clients worldwide
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BARCELONA, Spain, Sept. 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ IBM (NYSE: IBM) has announced today an $8 million investment in a new cloud center in Cerdanyola del Valles, Barcelona. It is the first cloud center in Spain and the 26th from IBM in the world. IBM's new center is located in the same facility as the "la Caixa" data processing center. From this center, IBM will provide its cloud services to clients worldwide.
The opening ceremony today will be attended by Felip Puig, Councillor for Enterprise and Employment of the Generalitat of Catalunya, the regional governing body of Catalonia, Marta Martinez, Country General Manager, IBM Spain, Portugal, Greece and Israel, and Juan Maria Nin, CaixaBank vice-president and CEO.
This opening of this new center confirms IBM strong commitment to cloud technology. IBM has said it is on track to generate about $7 billion revenue by 2015 from cloud computing of which $3 billion is net new.
The new cloud will offer a wide range of infrastructure services and cloud platforms. Cloud solutions from this center will be tailored to the business needs of both large companies and public entities and small and medium enterprises.
"The opening of this cloud center in Spain is another step in our company's strong commitment to this technology," explains Marta Martinez, the general manager of IBM Spain, Portugal, Greece and Israel. "This will surely help us drive innovation in companies and institutions of all sizes. We are proud of the fact that we can provide technological services from Barcelona to clients from any part of the world. This puts our technology experts and professionals at the worldwide vanguard and proves that our country can successfully compete in an increasingly global market."
"The collaboration with IBM allows us to obtain the highest performance from this data center, which is equipped with the latest technologies," explains CaixaBank vice-president and CEO, Juan Maria Nin. "This infrastructure, with a 6,000 square meters technical room, is a key for the growth of CaixaBank activities, and it will even become more important in the future, given the importance of innovation in the financial sector and the emergence of new businesses based in data analytics. The excellent management work carried out by IBM is a cornerstone for CaixaBank's innovation leadership strategy."
A pioneering project of the Generalitat de Cataluna
Generalitat of Cataluna has decided –in a pioneering initiative in Spain- to consolidate one of its four data centers at the new cloud center. The government will move to cloud the applications that manage Health, Well-being and Family local government management.