SOURCE: IBM

September 17, 2008 10:07 ET

IBM Unveils New EUR 30 Million Data Center and Global Supply Chain Hub in Dublin

DUBLIN, IRELAND and ARMONK, NY--(Marketwire - September 17, 2008) - Today, IBM (NYSE: IBM) and the Industrial Development Agency of Ireland (IDA Ireland) announced an investment of EUR 30 million in a next generation data center at IBM's Technology Campus, Dublin. This new facility, which is fully owned and operated by IBM, will provide a wide range of new and cost effective IT Services for the Irish marketplace. The center will also serve as a global hub for delivering IBM Software to clients in 84 countries worldwide.

The data center is designed using IBM Research energy-efficient green strategies and technology innovations that optimize space, power cooling and resiliency while reducing costs and supporting business growth. Clients using this center will have access to massive internet-scale computing capabilities, while gaining the cost and environmental protection advantages of IBM's industry leading energy efficiency data center design and research.

With this data center opening, IBM is increasing its ability to address surging demand from businesses and governments from around the world seeking to keep their operations safe from disruption. IBM is the world's leader in providing services that help avoid disruption and enable business continuity.

The Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment Mary Coughlan T.D. said, "This investment is excellent news for Ireland and is the 3rd significant investment so far this year from IBM for Ireland. IDA Ireland and IBM have a proactive long-standing relationship in advancing the company in Ireland and I congratulate them both on this innovative 'green' investment. Building and investing in this Data Center is further proof of this commitment to providing world-class services both to clients here in the local Irish market and internationally, and combined with the location of IBM's global software delivery hub in Dublin, is an endorsement of Ireland's reputation for excellence and innovation."

As part of its data center strategy new and upgraded products and services are being introduced across the IBM portfolio. These elements focus on tools to measure and manage energy consumption, manage security pain points and provide significant cost savings for data center optimization.

"We are hearing from our local clients that they have an increasing need to manage costs, and improve their operational efficiency while not compromising the security and integrity of their systems," says Anne Fitzsimons, Country Manager, Integrated Technology Services, IBM Ireland. "This new data center expands our capability to deliver on these requirements. For example, reducing costs through providing Infrastructure Managed Services or improving communications through the convergence of voice and data."

IBM owns and operates more than eight million square feet of data center space -- more than any other company in the world.

IBM's Software Value chain

IBM's Software Value chain is a fulfilment solution designed to make global software deployment, tracking and delivery more efficient. It includes a Web-based application ShopzSeries that lets clients order software based on their individual needs, specify the mode and timing of the delivery, and check the status of their orders in real time 24x7. The solution's increased flexibility enables IBM to more quickly and easily roll out new versions of IBM software and respond to changing global business conditions.

"Today's announcement illustrates how IBM operates as a globally integrated enterprise. The expertise in Supply Chain Research, IT Services, and Integrated Supply Chain skills here at the Dublin Technology Campus is enabling us to meet the needs not just of our domestic business, but also of our global business," said Dan Carrell, Dublin Technology Campus Executive and Director, Global Manufacturing and Integration Services.

With volumes of over 200,000 customer packages annually, the new supply chain hub in Dublin supports in electronic and print formats: software media manufacturing for tape, DVD, and CD; warehousing and shipping of books, manuals, papers, etc; and managing the packaging and shipping of customer orders.

The Dublin hub complements and greatly strengthens IBM's existing Integrated Supply Chain software operations in Boulder, USA.

For more information about IBM, please visit http://www.ibm.com

For more information about IDA Ireland, please visit http://www.idaireland.com

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