IBM announced today, 8 March 2016, that it is opening a new IBM Cloud Data Center in Johannesburg, South Africa.
The new cloud center is the result of a close collaboration with Gijima and Vodacom and is designed to support cloud adoption and customer demand across the continent.
IBM will provide clients with a complete portfolio of cloud services for running enterprise and as a service workloads.
The new facility underscores IBM’s growing cloud footprint, which now includes 46 cloud data centers across six continents.
“We’re working to drive cloud adoption that best leverages a customer’s existing IT investments,” says Hamilton Ratshefola, IBM South Africa General Manager.
“Our new Cloud Data Center gives customers a local onramp to IBM Cloud services including moving mission critical SAP workloads to the cloud with ease. It also gives customers the added flexibility of keeping data within country which is a key differentiator for IBM.”
The IBM Cloud Data Center will provide enterprise customers in South Africa and Africa with access to IBM’s global network of Cloud Data Centers and services expertise.
This will enable businesses to run critical applications on the cloud, providing access to a broad array of services for building in-country cloud solutions, while offering faster network speeds to improve performance and reach end users even faster.
“The increase of enterprise cloud computing on the continent is being driven by large enterprise and multinational organisations expanding their presence and IT requirements across Africa,” says Vuyani Jarana, Chief Officer of Vodacom Business.
“CIO’s are looking to gain efficiencies and cut cost by moving more of their IT infrastructure, applications and processes into the Cloud. Vodacom’s extensive Fixed and Mobile network infrastructure, Pan African and global footprint and its investment in data center infrastructure provides the ideal platform and environment to deliver cloud services to large and multinational enterprises.”
“Gijima as a 100 percent black owned South African company, is proud to be the cloud partner of choice for these unique IBM services,” says Eileen Wilton, Gijima Group Chief Executive Officer.