IBM SA has expanded its cloud computing services for clients in southern Africa with the addition of a new IBM Cloud Data Centre  and Cloud Lab in Johannesburg.

The new additions to the existing Business Continuity and Recovery Service centre (BCRS) , will extend IBM’s globally-integrated cloud delivery network of cloud computing centers that serve in more than 50 countries around the world with centres based in Singapore, Germany, Canada, and the US; and 13 global cloud labs.

The new IBM Cloud Data Centre will  deliver IBM’s SmartCloud  enterprise-class services which include a broad spectrum of secure managed services, to run diverse workloads across predominantly hybrid private cloud delivery methods.

According to Werner Lindemann, vice-president: Global Technology Services at IBM Sub-Saharan Africa,  this is the first opportunity for enterprise clients in South Africa to benefits from  hybrid private cloud offerings that offer predetermined service level agreements  on a software as a service ( SaaS) or utility computing based model, while also conforming to governance issues of data storage.

According to IDC, worldwide revenue from public IT cloud services exceeded $21,5-billion in 2010 and will reach $72,9-billion in 2015, representing a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 27,6%.

The SmartCloud  offerings enable clients to select key characteristics of a public, private and hybrid cloud to match workload requirements from simple Web infrastructure to complex business processes, along five dimensions, including:

* Security and isolation

* Availability and performance

* Technology platforms

* Management Support and Deployment

* Payment and Billing.

New offerings will increase customer choice with the potential for end-to-end management of service delivery from the server and operating system to the application and process layer.

The Cloud Lab facility will help businesses, government and research institutions and institutes of higher learning to design, adopt and reap benefits of cloud technologies as well as aid IBM Business Partners cloud enable their technologies and gain the sales and marketing skills they need to take advantage of this fast-growing market.