IBM (News - Alert) recently announced plans to expand its data center business in Bogota, Colombia. The company will invest $ 17 million in a cloud data center located in Bogota, aimed at delivering cloud computing and big data services to Colombian companies.
IBM is currently serving majority of the big companies in Colombia. According to company officials, 88 percent of the most important Colombian companies defined by the 2012 Colombian Superintendency's Report are IBM clients which together account for nearly 40 percent of the country’s industry GDP.
The cloud data center services delivered by IBM will help these companies meet the growing demands from domestic and international customers.
The new facility expansion comes on the heels of IBM’s earlier investment of $8 million made in Colombia when the company opened a data center in 2011.
IBM has been active in Latin American data center markets. The company has made multi-million-dollar investments in Latin America since 2009, opening nine IT services centers located in Brazil, Mexico, Costa Rica, Chile, Colombia, Peru and Uruguay.
The company has a global network of more than 70 service delivery centers and more than 400 data centers in 170 countries covering more than 40 languages.
The new data center will especially benefit clients from banking, healthcare, food, insurance and oil and gas industries, among others. The new capabilities offered by cloud, smarter systems and big data help them drive economic growth, sustainable development and social progress.
Colombian datacenter outsourcing market is one of the fastest growing spaces in Latin America. The market is estimated to grow 15.3 percent in 2013, mainly driven by cloud computing among others, says a report from Vision Growth Consulting.
Francisco Thiermann, general manager IBM Colombia, said Colombia companies are looking for high-value solutions that help them solve complexity through innovation and business insight by addressing organic growth and productivity issues.
The data center can contribute to the private and public companies’ development and the country’s progress, Thiermann said.