IBM closes up Dallas, Melbourne, and Houston DCs

IBM closes up Dallas, Melbourne, and Houston DCs

16 November 2020 | Natalie Bannerman

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IBM, as part of its modernisation strategy for IBM Cloud, has announced plans to close select data centres in Dallas, Melbourne, and Houston.

In a statement, the company said the news forms part of its plans to close older data centres that are “unsuitable for upgrading” while at the same time “ rolling out newer data centers and multizone regions (MZRs) designed to deliver a more resilient architecture with higher levels of network throughput and redundancy”.

So far the company has already closed the doors on its  D2, D6, D7 centres in Dallas and  its H2 facility in Houston, as of 30 October.

It will shutter a further three, namely its DAL7 in Dallas, MEL01 in Melbourne, and SEA01 in Seattle on 30 November.

Instead, the existing data at these soon to closed locations will be migrated to IBM’s DAL10, DAL12, DAL13 in Dallas for any Seatlle or Dallas-based workloads. And SYD01, SYD04, SYD05 for any Melbourne-based workloads.

In a further statement to CRN, IBM said: “By shifting capacity to our newer and higher-capacity data centres, we are providing clients with higher value services and a more resilient architecture with increased network capacity and redundancy. IBM will continue to provide full support to our clients as they migrate to these new centres.” 

“To help our clients best serve their customers and optimise their businesses, IBM continuously evaluates, invests in and modernises its data centre infrastructure to ensure they can fully take advantage of the benefits of hybrid cloud,”