IBM Drives Cloud, Big Data, Services Into Emerging Markets
IBM announced a series of wins that indicate wider adoption of Big Blue’s cloud, big data and services solutions in emerging markets.“With Geraldton fast becoming a strategic service for industries across Western Australia, we have a responsibility to ensure that our city develops and expands in a sustainable way–and without compromising the quality of life for our citizens as the economic growth of the city continues to accelerate,” said Ian Carpenter, mayor of the City of Greater Geraldton, in a statement. “Geraldton needs to be able to best leverage scalable and resilient technology to support our vision of becoming a technologically advanced and carbon-neutral hub. The new data center will help provide that platform as the first stage of this exciting digital evolution for our city and citizens.” Under the contract, IBM will design and construct a scalable modular data center with the uptime, security and resiliency features needed to sustain growth. The data center will be designed for a Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) rating of 1.3 or less, making it one of the most energy-efficient data centers in Australia. The data center will have the ability to scale up to four times its current capacity, a key requirement that aligns with the City of Greater Geraldton’s projected growth. The cloud capabilities will enable the facility to operate as a multi-tenanted data center. IBM is not new to the City of Greater Geraldton. In 2012, IBM performed pro bono consulting there. The engagement was funded by the IBM Smarter Cities Challenge, a competitive grants program that has provided $50 million worth of consulting for 100 cities worldwide over the last three years. Geraldton had asked IBM to evaluate its vision to become a digital and carbon-neutral regional hub.
“The state-of-the-art data center serves as an example of how cities with bold leadership can become ‘smarter’ in realizing future economic opportunities while advancing outcomes for both citizens and the environment.” said David Yip, technical leader for IBM Smarter Planet and Cities Solutions, in a statement.