IBM is investing $300-million to construct 13 Business Resilience service delivery centres in 10 countries this year, increasing its ability to address surging demand from businesses and governments from around the world seeking to keep their operations safe from disruption.
The massive infrastructure expansion is the largest of its kind and will permit IBM clients to access services that support business continuity for the first time from a cloud computing environment.
Business continuity and resiliency services help ensure uninterrupted operations across all layers of the business, as well as helping businesses avoid, prepare and recover from a disruption. IBM is the world's leader in providing services that help avoid disruption and enable business continuity.
Future Business Resilience service delivery centres will be located in every geographic region of the globe, with sites including Hong Kong; Tokyo, Japan; Paris, France; London, UK; Beijing and Shanghai, China; Izmir, Turkey; Warsaw, Poland; Milan, Italy; Metro Park, New Jersey; Cologne, Germany; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Mumbai, India; South Africa; and Brussels, Belgium.
The centres are specifically designed to help clients maintain business operations under virtually any condition, comply with industry and government regulations and recover rapidly from disasters.
IBM is also accelerating the build-out of its Information Protection Services business to deliver cloud-based computing services to support business continuity.
Using the service delivery platform, clients will be able to take advantage of cloud computing capabilities by storing their business data in IBM's data protection vaults that will be based in IBM's global business resiliency centres.
Once the information is protected, customers will be able to immediately recover that information by restoring and retrieving it from a centre directly to the client's business or to an alternative worksite recovery area in the event of a disaster.