IBM Opens New Zealand Cloud Data Center

May 30, 2011 12:00 PM PST

NEW ZEALAND — IBM has opened a new $65 million data center in New Zealand to serve the growing demand for cloud computing services in the Asia Pacific Region.

A new study found that Australia leads the adoption of cloud computing in Asia Pacific with 43 percent of enterprises using cloud infrastructures in some capacity, according to a report by Web Host Industry Review.

A seperate study released by IBM finds 60 percent of CIOs in Australia and New Zealand plan to implement cloud computing over the next five years.

IBM says it designed its 56,000-square-foot data center with a modular structure to provide the flexibility to meet demand over the next 15 years.

The new data center will deliver a range of cloud services including hosted private cloud and hybrid cloud infrastructure services. The facility has approximately 16,000 square feet of raised floor space to accommodate about 720 server racks.

Located at Highbrook Business Park in Auckland, New Zealand, the data center was designed with energy efficiency in mind, according to the press release.

“The launch of the IBM data center in New Zealand marks a major step forward in the development of the country’s technology infrastructure,” said Jennifer Moxon, managing director, IBM New Zealand.

 “As New Zealand’s economy continues to grow, IBM’s data center will provide a platform for businesses to drive increased efficiencies, improved productivity and greater innovation.”

In March, IBM announced that it has invested $38 million in a new IBM Asia Pacific Cloud Computing Data Center in Singapore, further expanding its footprint in Asia Pacific.

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