IBM Unveils Global Supply Chain Hub in Ireland

Facility was designed with green strategies in mind.

High-tech giant IBM and the Industrial Development Agency of Ireland (IDA Ireland) are investing roughly $44 million (EUR 30 million) in a new data center at IBM's Technology Campus in Dublin. This new facility, which is fully owned and operated by IBM, will provide IT services for the Irish marketplace, as well as serve as a global hub for delivering IBM software in 84 countries worldwide. The data center is being designed using IBM Research's energy-efficient green strategies and technology innovations that optimize space, power cooling and resiliency while reducing costs and supporting business growth.

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 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."

With volumes of over 200,000 customer packages annually, the new supply chain hub in Dublin will support in electronic and print formats: software media manufacturing for tape, DVDs and CDs; warehousing and shipping of books, manuals, papers, etc; and managing the packaging and shipping of customer orders. The Dublin hub will complement IBM's existing Integrated Supply Chain software operations in Boulder, Colo.

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