IBM is one of the key tenants of the Research Triangle Park located in Central North Carolina. The IBM Research Triangle Park campus is now the new home to one of IBM’s cloud resiliency data center. Many sources were reporting that the IBM’s facility will be 4 million square feet, which is roughly the size of the Pentagon. Other sources have corrected the 4 million square foot number and noted that the IBM cloud resiliency center will be a 72,000 square foot structure that is now ready for use. This research and development campus will be used to conduct research on latest cloud technologies including Disaster Recovery as a Service.
In addition to the Cloud Resilency Center, IBM also notes that the Research Triangle Park is being used as an innovation center. IBM has five other innovation centers located through out the United States. The other campuses are located in Austin, TX, Cambridge, MA, Chicago, IL, Dallas, TX, and Silicon Valley.
Mitch Derman, a spokesperson for IBM, was quoted as saying, “Given the ecosystem of innovation that exists in RTP, an IBM Innovation Center feels like a natural fit here.”
An IBM website notes the capabilities of the IBM Innovation Centers. IBM notes, “We can help you build, market and sell your solutions with our online, remote, and face-to-face training and assistance. Use our center to port and test solutions, close deals with your clients, and collaborate with IBM, Business Partners, academic leaders, IT professionals and entrepreneurs.”
Sources report that IBM has over 7,500 employees in North Carolina with most of those employees working within the Research Triangle Park facility. IBM is the largest tenant at the Research Triangle Park and many feel as if the cloud resiliency center at RTP will be able to give IBM an edge when organizations begin vetting Disaster Recovery as a Service solutions.