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IBM invests $8 million in first cloud center in Spain to provide cloud services to clients worldwide

    IBM invests $8 million in first cloud center in Spain to provide cloud
                        services to clients worldwide

Generalitat of Cataluna is the first client of IBM in this new center

PR Newswire

BARCELONA, Spain, Sept. 30, 2013

BARCELONA, Spain, Sept. 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- IBM (NYSE: IBM) has announced
today an $8 million investment in a new cloud center in Cerdanyola del Valles,
Barcelona. It is the first cloud center in Spain and the 26th from IBM in the
world. IBM's new center is located in the same facility as the "la Caixa" data
processing center. From this center, IBM will provide its cloud services to
clients worldwide.

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The opening ceremony today will be attended by Felip Puig, Councillor for
Enterprise and Employment of the Generalitat of Catalunya, the regional
governing body of Catalonia, Marta Martinez, Country General Manager, IBM
Spain, Portugal, Greece and Israel, and Juan Maria Nin, CaixaBank
vice-president and CEO. 

This opening of this new center confirms IBM strong commitment to cloud
technology. IBM has said it is on track to generate about $7 billion revenue
by 2015 from cloud computing of which $3 billion is net new.

The new cloud will offer a wide range of infrastructure services and cloud
platforms. Cloud solutions from this center will be tailored to the business
needs of both large companies and public entities and small and medium
enterprises.

"The opening of this cloud center in Spain is another step in our company's
strong commitment to this technology," explains Marta Martinez, the general
manager of IBM Spain, Portugal, Greece and Israel. "This will surely help us
drive innovation in companies and institutions of all sizes. We are proud of
the fact that we can provide technological services from Barcelona to clients
from any part of the world. This puts our technology experts and professionals
at the worldwide vanguard and proves that our country can successfully compete
in an increasingly global market."

"The collaboration with IBM allows us to obtain the highest performance from
this data center, which is equipped with the latest technologies," explains
CaixaBank vice-president and CEO, Juan Maria Nin. "This infrastructure, with a
6,000 square meters technical room, is a key for the growth of CaixaBank
activities, and it will even become more important in the future, given the
importance of innovation in the financial sector and the emergence of new
businesses based in data analytics. The excellent management work carried out
by IBM is a cornerstone for CaixaBank's innovation leadership strategy."

A pioneering project of the Generalitat de Cataluna

Generalitat of Cataluna has decided –in a pioneering initiative in Spain- to
consolidate one of its four data centers at the new cloud center. The
government will move to cloud the applications that manage Health, Well-being
and Family local government management.

With this project, the Generalitat of Cataluna expects to obtain important
savings in its technological investment and a greater efficiency,that will
enable it to offer better utilization of resources for other public
institutions. As a result, the Generalitat will make the cloud center
available for local governments and universities. The contract, with a term of
10 years and an estimated value of €140 million, was signed during the fourth
quarter of 2012.

Synergies with the data processing center of "la Caixa"

IBM is already managing a data center for "la Caixa" at the same location. La
Caixa owns the building. Clients of the new cloud center will benefit from the
synergies already generated there with "la Caixa," which has been an IBM
strategic partner for the last 50 years.

The technological infrastructure of "la Caixa's" data processing center has
received an Innovation Award in 2013 by the British publication "The Banker",
which is part of the "Green Technology" category, due to the plant
efficiency's high level and the low electronic consumption, which has resulted
in a 41% energy savings.

IBM and cloud computing

IBM has been one of the pioneering companies in developing a solid commitment
with cloud services, which turns into a base of more than 4,000 companies that
are clients of the IBM, more than one million managed virtual computers and
more than 200 million cloud transactions that are processed everyday. In line
with this strong commitment with cloud technology, IBM announced last July
that it had completed the acquisition of Softlayer, the world's largest
provider of cloud computing infrastructure.

Apart from the solutions offered in this center, IBM portfolio also includes
"software as a service" (SaaS) cloud solutions, an option that help companies
reduce costs and simplify its implementation.

ABOUT IBM
For more information, please visit: www.ibm.com

ABOUT Generalitat of Cataluna
For more information, please visit: http://www.gencat.cat/index_eng.htm

ABOUT la Caixa
For more information, please visit:  http://www.lacaixa.com/index_en.html

Media Relations Contacts:

Charisse Higgins
External Relations
347-266-7540
cthiggins@us.ibm.com

Alfonso Gonzalez Herrero
External Relations, Spain
+34-91-3977675
alfonso_gonzalez@es.ibm.com

SOURCE IBM

Website: http://www.ibm.com
 
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