PHUKET, THAILAND – Cloud technology has evolved a lot in the past years. If – Jason McGee, VP and CTO of IBM Cloud Perform, said to Upgrade Magazine – in the past it was all about “infrastructure and efficiency – that is, how we can have infrastructure and run a business efficiently, it moved to now become a platform to innovate business models to see how fast businesses can deliver services to customers.”
This is also the reason why IBM itself continues to push for cloud use expansion, even as it continues to grow its global presence.
For McGee, there are three interrelated issues that necessitate cloud evolution.
First, “the volume of data is increasing dramatically,” he said. Second, exactly because of the increase in data volume, “there’s more unstructured data than in the past – whether that’s unstructured text, video, whatever. There is, therefore, need to check new capabilities that will allow us new insights into the data that we gather.” Third is “the actual data itself, since companies need to be able to be provided with access to data itself.
Already, to address the further growth being eyed, IBM has 46 data centers around the world, with centers in Tokyo, Sydney, Singapore and Hong Kong in the Asia and Oceania regions.
“The cloud no longer just offers basic services; instead, it allows for higher capability,” McGee ended.