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IBM announces Cloud Computing Center in Switzerland

Netcetera takes part with Swiss Government Cloud

  • Based on the Media Release by IBM in German
  • Zürich, 05.02.2013

IBM today announced a new IBM Cloud Computing Center in Winterthur, Switzerland, ready in early Q3 2013. The center will provide a broad spectrum of applications and infrastructure services. It will also enable local data storage in Switzerland. Together with IBM, Netcetera launched the Swiss Government Cloud for Public Services in April 2012.

The IBM Cloud Computing Center will be integrated into the IBM Outsourcing Winterthur data center. It will offer customers a broad selection of secure, dynamic and managed cloud services, thereby helping them to migrate even critical applications to the cloud and make even better use of the immense potential of cloud computing for their business.

The new center is part of IBM's rapidly growing network of cloud centers on five continents: USA, Canada, Brazil, Germany, France, Japan, Australia, and Spain in the near future. It allows customers – ranging from small companies to global corporations – to use scalable and cost-effective IT resources while keeping their data in Switzerland if so desired. At the same time, customers benefit from the flexibility of being able to selectively obtain standardized IT services exactly when needed from IBM cloud centers around the world.

From the center in Winterthur, customers can obtain IBM's SmartCloud portfolio of infrastructure-as-a-service, which support numerous operating systems, as well as platform-as-a-service for running mission-critical front-office and back-office applications securely and efficiently. International customers can also choose quickly and easily from the constantly growing pool of industry-specific business solutions (software-as-a-service) from IBM and its business partners.

"IBM's objective with the new cloud center is to support companies and organizations in Switzerland, as well as software vendors and business partners, in creating more innovative business models and taking advantage of local development opportunities," explained Ivan Dopplé, Head of Global Technology Services IBM Switzerland and Austria. "Another one of our strengths is supporting the international growth of our customers – with our global network of cloud centers and the experience of our worldwide services organization."

Features and benefits of the IBM Cloud Computing Center in Winterthur include:
  • IBM's managed cloud platform SmartCloud Enterprise+ (SCE+) offers customers demand-based access to high-end computing, storage and backup resources
  • Flexible provision of computing capacity on various operating system platforms (including Wintel, Linux and AIX)
  • IBM SmartCloud for SAP Applications provides an efficient, fully managed and secure cloud environment for mission-critical workloads
  • Highest security, availability and loadability help companies fulfill their business requirements

In addition to being used as a shared platform, IBM SmartCloud Enterprise+ can be provided in the new cloud center as a dedicated, private cloud solution for relatively large companies or a consortium of organizations.

Drawing on experience from thousands of cloud projects worldwide, IBM's service organization uses the IBM Cloud Migration Factory to help customers transfer workloads from conventional IT systems to cloud-based procurement models.

IBM has also dramatically enlarged their ecosystem of business partners in the cloud environment, in Switzerland. The aim is to be able to offer customers services that are precisely tailored to their individual workloads and industry-specific requirements. For example, Netcetera, Comarch, nViso, Innovas and many other partners use IBM SmartCloud as a platform to provide their Swiss and international business customers with their solutions in the areas of software-as-a-service, platform-as-a-service and infrastructure-as-a-service.

The IBM SmartCloud Enterprise+ services from the IBM Cloud Computing Center in Winterthur are expected to be available in early Q3 2013.