IBM Cloud opens first multi-zone region in Latin America

IBM Cloud’s new MZR in Brazil includes confidential computing and high-level security certification to protect sensitive data worldwide.

After expansions in Toronto and Osaka, Japan, and with confidential computing and high-level security certification to protect sensitive data, IBM announced it had opened its first Cloud Multizone region in Latin America in Brazil. Low latency and high security are the hallmarks of IBM Cloud’s network, as it aims to ensure that customers meet strict data sovereignty and compliance requirements, which are of significant importance to customers in highly regulated sectors such as financial services, government and telecommunications, among others.

IBM has an existing data center footprint in Brazil, but the addition of MZR represents the company’s continued investment in cloud infrastructure to accelerate hybrid cloud adoption and support business growth in Latin America.

Hosted work on IBM Cloud customers will have access to IBM Cloud’s confidential computing with IBM Hyper Protect services backed by a high level of security certification. Companies can retain control of their existing encryption keys, which means the customer is the only one who can control access to the data – even IBM is unable to access it.

MZRs consist of at least three independent data center areas and are configured in this way so that a single data center area is affected in the case of a single outage event. IBM explained that this allows for consistent cloud services and greater resilience. Customers hosting loads of work on IBM Cloud MZR around the world will be able to continuously run strategic workloads 24/7 to keep businesses up and running.

Adopting a hybrid cloud approach is helping companies in different sectors around the world meet the growing challenges of service and product demand.

Find out how some Brazilian companies are turning to IBM Cloud for IBM’s security capabilities and industry knowledge:

  • One of the Brazilian companies that chose IBM Cloud to deliver a secure and faster shopping experience is Arezzo-CO, a segment of women’s footwear, bags and accessories in Latin America with nearly 10 million customers. Through IBM, Arezzo-CO has taken a hybrid cloud approach and migrated critical applications to IBM Cloud, and has also modernized key workloads, including sales processes and inventory control. The company has now created a more agile and flexible omnichannel strategy, prioritizing safety, despite the execution of complex workloads. It has also allowed them to deliver improved customer experiences.
  • Brazilian payment fintech company Stone, which has been operating locally since 2012, offers credit and debit card point-of-sale machines to retailers and helps manage vouchers for more than 580,000 customers and has chosen IBM Cloud to move its workloads to the cloud for greater flexibility and security.
  • Digisystem, a Brazilian company with more than 30 years of experience, supports companies in their transition to digital transformation by providing technological solutions. Digisystem has migrated many of its solutions to IBM Cloud. By adopting a hybrid cloud approach, Digisystem is achieving “improved performance, more redundancy and increased flexibility in operational systems and server size,” IBM said in a press release. The migration of Digisystem has also generated a “significant” annual reduction in costs to the company.

IBM said it is helping businesses evolve and protect critical data through this expanded global cloud footprint, and build on a sustainable future by preparing to minimize the carbon footprint of data centers. IBM recently announced its commitment to zero net greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, continuing its decades-long commitment to addressing the global climate crisis. Through a combination of artificial intelligence, hybrid cloud capabilities and quantum computing, IBM works with customers and partners to solve complex climate-related issues, such as the growing global carbon footprint of cloud workloads and data centers. While critical of the environment, it will also help IBM customers conduct their own sustainable development initiatives, as companies around the world seek to minimize their carbon emissions.

“As businesses embrace digital transformation, IBM continues to invest in cloud infrastructure and services that will help businesses around the world modernize and drive sustainable growth and innovation,” said Harish Grama, CEO of IBM Cloud. << Following the opening of MZRs in Toronto and Osaka last year, IBM’s expanded presence in Brazil is designed to provide our customers with high levels of security and reliability so they can move forward in their transition to the cloud, all in a way that supports sustainability goals while thriving in a digital age that is moving forward.

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