IBM has announced it will build 4 new data centers in the UK. The company stated the centers would help to meet demand from its public sector clients, who are rapidly adopting cloud migration for their businesses.
The European general manager of cloud services for IBM, Sebastian Krause, said that the investment reflects strength in the UK’s economy and the opportunities presented by cloud computing: “UK customers truly understand the capabilities of cloud to drive innovation, to be more flexible on their business model, to have better insight for decision making and to deliver better customer service.”
IBM had evaluated its cloud capacity before the Brexit vote in June, but Krause said the company saw no reason to change course as a result: “Everyone has concluded the UK economy will continue to be very strong, and there will be significant opportunities with or without Brexit.”
Digital minister of state for digital and culture, Matt Hancock, praised the company for its decision, and said: “Today’s announcement by IBM is a further boost for this thriving area, and another vote of confidence which shows Britain is open for business. These new cloud data centers will help our firms work smarter and quicker to become the world-leading businesses of tomorrow.”
Senior vice president at IBM Cloud, Robert LeBlanc, said: “By adding four new Cloud data centers in the UK, IBM is giving local businesses an easy route to the cloud, helping them quickly innovate and respond to market demands. IBM is continuing to invest in high growth areas, offering clients higher-value cloud data services such as Watson and Blockchain running on our cloud infrastructure that delivers world-class scalability, performance and security."
IBM’s decision follows the likes of Facebook and Google who have decided that the advantages of investing in the UK outweigh the risks presented by Brexit.