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Also known as the Big Blue, IBM has announced its plans to open a cloud multizone region (MZR) in São Paulo, Brazil. The facility is expected to be ready by late 2020.

The new MZR will be the first from IBM in the whole of Latin America. This investment is targeted at enterprise customers that want to deploy mission-critical workloads and applications across hybrid cloud environments.

Hence, the new MZR is designed to provide customers with a set of IBM public cloud services, ranging from enterprise-grade infrastructure to AI services.

“IDC expects that by 2022, over half of Latin American GDP will be made digital, heavily enabled by enterprises advancing in their journeys to the cloud,”
Alejandro Florean, consulting Vice-president, IDC Latin America.

“With this new cloud multizone region, IBM is well positioned to help enterprises in Latin America differentiate themselves in their industries by capitalizing on this emerging hybrid multicloud world.”

MZR will enable more regional capacity and capability by offering a portfolio of services, including IBM Watson, blockchain, IoT and analytics. As a multizone facility, disaster recovery capabilities will be increased by interconnecting the three independent availability zones – each of which contains independent cooling, networking and power — within the same geography

“Our continued cloud investment reflects that clients are increasingly seeking hybrid cloud environments that offer access to cutting edge tools including AI, analytics, IoT and blockchain to boost competitiveness,”
Tonny Martins, General Manager, IBM Brazil.

“As companies in Brazil look to gain greater control of their data in the face of upcoming tighter compliance and protection regulations, IBM offers the cloud capabilities that allow them to innovate and take advantage of data from all sources across any hybrid multicloud environment.”

Additionally, Big Blue said clients will be able to deploy multizone Kubernetes clusters across the MZRs via the IBM Cloud Kubernetes Service, simplifying how they deploy and manage containerized applications and adding further consistency to their experience.