"More big news for IBM’s onslaught into the cloud and the datacenter world. The company annouced a new center in North Carolina in the “data center alley” area. IBM is opening a new data center at its Research Triangle Park campus. According to an announcement made by Big Blue just after midnight, the so-called “cloud resiliency center” covers some 72,000 square feet. IBM first said the center would cover 4 million square feet. In a revised press release early Monday, the figure was changed to the sharply lower figure. The RTP campus is one of the company’s largest, and most of its estimated 7,500 employees in North Carolina are based there.
IBM (NYSE: IBM) is seeking to cash in on business continuity and disaster recovery demand in a market that Big Blue said is expected to generate some $32 billion in 2015.
IBM’s new 72,000-square-foot cloud data resiliency center has opened today in Research Triangle Park.
Some facts about the new data center:
The facility is designed to protect companies’ information through cloud storage in the result of disruptions, according to a release from IBM.
Monitise, a mobile banking and payment service, is one of the companies using the facility.
“Banking, paying and buying on mobile is becoming an increasingly integral and recognizable part of daily life – so for us as a mobile money provider, delivering a quality, always-on service is essential,” said Adam Banks, executive vice president of technology at Monitise, in the release.
The facility will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week with security measures including guard patrols, CCTV surveillance, recovery offices and tape vaults.
In the release, IBM highlights a survey by the Ponemon Institute, which found that an outage lasting for more than an hour or two costs a company $32,000 per minute, on average."