Updated on Wednesday, 15 September 2021 – 01:38
The new cloud region will be located in the capital, Alcobendas and Las Rozas, “a firm commitment to the strategic Spanish market” that is part of a presentation with Pedro Sánchez
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IBM will create a multi-zone cloud region (MZR) in Spain, the largest investment of this digital giant since it is based in Spain. The new infrastructure for cloud computing will consist of three data centers in the Community of Madrid, specifically in the capital and in the towns of Alcobendas and Las Rozas, according to company sources consulted by EL MUNDO.
The company already had different data centers in Spain, but not now is it consolidating its commitment to the area with the creation of a complete cloud region, something that, for example, Amazon Web Services has already carried out in the Aragon community.
According to Horacio Morell, president of IBM Spain, Portugal, Greece and Israel, the project represents “a firm commitment to the strategic Spanish market, where IBM will generate hundreds of new highly skilled jobs over the next few years. “The President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, spoke precisely this Wednesday at the Responsible Computing meeting: towards a new technological era,organized by IBM Spain, in which the official communication of this business project will be framed.
The announcement is linked to an agreement with the first big customer of this new region cloud, CaixaBank. “The new MZR is a key milestone to continue offering our 21 million customers the best user experience while maintaining the highest levels of confidentiality and protection of information,” explained Gonzalo Gortzar, CEO of CaixaBank, the leading financial group in Spain.
The North American company, born in New York in 1911, has been present in Spain since 1926 and has been a technological partner of CaixaBank for more than 50 years. Within the competition for the cloud sector (in which companies such as Amazon, Google and Microsoft converge), Amazon stands out for having opted for a hybrid cloud, that is, public as well as private. “Companies are uploading a lot of data to the public cloud, but only 20% of their information is there today. Both worlds have to coexist,” explained Marta Martnez, general director of IBM for Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
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