Demand for turnkey cloud solutions is on the rise in the Nordic countries. By 2019, the cloud market is expected to reach a whopping $18 billion.

Enterprises in Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Iceland aren’t just looking for cloud capabilities, though. They’re also looking for ways to ensure security, perform hybrid integration and choose the absolute best cloud services for them.

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IBM has opened its brand new IBM Cloud Nordic Data Center — the 48th to open worldwide and the 12th in Europe — in Fetsund, Norway, to address just those challenges. The data center, located about 30 km outside of Oslo, enables local organizations to access the full IBM portfolio of cloud services, including Bluemix and Watson, to run critical workloads close to home.

Though the center itself is in Norway, Swedish customers will have a point of presence in their home country to ensure high-speed connections to the IBM Cloud network.

In addition to ensuring network speed, the local data center will help companies keep up with regulatory requirements. The data center is compliant with European Union data and privacy regulations and the upcoming 2018 General Data Protection Regulation.

Cloud bare metal capabilities will help clients extend onto the cloud securely, an open source approach and innovative cloud platform offer them choice, and a hybrid cloud approach will help them make the best possible choices on their cloud journeys.

“We are committed to providing global and local clients the fastest and easiest onramp to the IBM Cloud to accelerate their digital transformation,” said Robert LeBlanc, senior vice president of IBM Cloud. “This investment will provide Nordic customers, especially those in regulated industries, with more flexibility to manage and gain insight into data within the region.”

The new cloud data center demonstrates the commitment of IBM to foster the growth of cognitive and artificial intelligence technologies throughout the region. Developers will have access to Bluemix – IBM’s Cloud innovation platform – and more than 150 APIs and services spanning key areas such as cognitive, blockchain, Internet of Things and big data.

Learn more about the new IBM Cloud Nordic Data Center.

Read the press release.

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September 21, 2016 at 03:33AM