IBM Drives Cloud, Big Data, Services Into Emerging Markets

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IBM announced a series of wins that indicate wider adoption of Big Blue’s cloud, big data and services solutions in emerging markets.

“With Geraldton fast becoming a strategic service for industries across Western Australia, we have a responsibility to ensure that our city develops and expands in a sustainable way–and without compromising the quality of life for our citizens as the economic growth of the city continues to accelerate,” said Ian Carpenter, mayor of the City of Greater Geraldton, in a statement. “Geraldton needs to be able to best leverage scalable and resilient technology to support our vision of becoming a technologically advanced and carbon-neutral hub. The new data center will help provide that platform as the first stage of this exciting digital evolution for our city and citizens.”

Under the contract, IBM will design and construct a scalable modular data center with the uptime, security and resiliency features needed to sustain growth. The data center will be designed for a Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) rating of 1.3 or less, making it one of the most energy-efficient data centers in Australia.

The data center will have the ability to scale up to four times its current capacity, a key requirement that aligns with the City of Greater Geraldton’s projected growth. The cloud capabilities will enable the facility to operate as a multi-tenanted data center.

IBM is not new to the City of Greater Geraldton. In 2012, IBM performed pro bono consulting there. The engagement was funded by the IBM Smarter Cities Challenge, a competitive grants program that has provided $50 million worth of consulting for 100 cities worldwide over the last three years. Geraldton had asked IBM to evaluate its vision to become a digital and carbon-neutral regional hub.

“The state-of-the-art data center serves as an example of how cities with bold leadership can become ‘smarter’ in realizing future economic opportunities while advancing outcomes for both citizens and the environment.” said David Yip, technical leader for IBM Smarter Planet and Cities Solutions, in a statement.

The consulting phase of the project began this month.

Meanwhile, in a big data win, IBM and the Wroclaw University Library in Poland announced a national scientific project to preserve and digitize nearly 800,000 pages of European manuscripts, books and maps dating back to the Middle Ages and rarely accessible to the public until now.

The project, co-founded by the European Union through the European Regional Development Fund, creates the largest digital archive of medieval manuscripts and ancient geographical atlases in Poland. It uses a solution consisting of IBM System x servers and Storage disk and SAN solutions to address the big data challenge of managing and providing fast search and retrieval services for up to 300 terabytes of information.

"The Wroclaw University Library's mission is to protect, preserve and ensure broader access to Polish cultural heritage," said Adam Zurek, head of the Department of Scientific Documentation of Cultural Heritage at Wroclaw University Library, in a statement. "We selected IBM to help us identify, choose and implement a solution in line with our goals of digitizing the library's documents and making them available to the broader public online."