Inside IBM's only European Cloud Centre

Inside IBM's only European Cloud Centre

Summary: A visit inside IBM's cloud-computing facility in Dublin, where the lack of hardware belies the efforts to experiment with crunching data in the cloud


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  • IBM has set up its first cloud centre in Europe, and it is in Ireland, just outside Dublin.

    It is part of a network of cloud centres which IBM is building around the world. These cloud centres are made up of a hub, surrounded by facilities. IBM has said it will build these in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

    However, IBM does not plan to build all the cloud centres from scratch. It will mix new buildings in with adapted existing IBM facilities, as is the case with Dublin.

    Shown here is the entrance to the cloud centre, which ZDNet UK visited last week. The location is IBM's Irish headquarters, which covers the full span of the company's businesses, from Tivoli to the z Series mainframe server. There are eight buildings on the large IBM campus.

  • When you walk in, you come across two server racks and a sign to tell you that this is an IBM Cloud Centre.

    Whereas a conventional large datacentre is dominated by hardware, and lots of it, that isn't true of a Cloud Centre, which spreads its processing across many different systems in many different places — in the "cloud".

    According to IBM, the Irish Cloud Centre is open for use by organisations of all types, including commercial and academic ones. The work undertaken at the centre could be a research project into a particular area of computer science or meterology, for example. It could also range from advanced pure research to more routine research, IBM said.

Topic: Cloud


Colin Barker is based in London and is Senior Reporter for ZDNet. He has been writing about the IT business for some 30-plus years. He still enjoys it.

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