IBM AND EVRY With a Billion Kroner
TO BUILD A COMMON CLOUD
Global cloud platform on Norwegian
EVRY has enticed IBM to invest several billion kroners in a
super center at Fet. Hence, Norway is connected to the world’s
sole global cloud infrastructure.
This is an extremely important partnership for us, says Matt Milton,
the EVRY partnership in IBM.This is the first time IBM
builds a data center that is part of the IT giant ’s
global cloud infrastructure together with a partner. IBM has built t
he remaining 46 data centers by themselves , and are
strategically located in all corners of t he world .
global cloud platform is based on technology from SoftLayer that IBM
bought for almost
2 billion dollars in 2013.
- To gather we invest several billion
Milton. EVRY’s contribution is 500 million kroners, the rest
of the bill is picked
up by IBM. It would probably not be a SoftLayer center on Norwegian
or Nordic soil if
EVRY had not contributed.
“Future Proof” picks
In 2012 while EVRY’s
core customers struggled with unstable IT platforms and the IT
to give the shareholders value as sto ck exchange listed companies,
t he CEO at the time
Terje Mjøs launched the concept “Future
a data centre of the future, built at Fet outside of Oslo with
virtualised and automated infrastructure.The new IT
platform should easily be able to connect to the customers’
data centres and to commercial clou d platforms such as Microsoft
Azure and Amazon Web Services.
it has taken longer to complete Future Proof than
planned.- We do this to more rapidly achieve our goal
with Future Proof, says CTO Bjørnar Engebretsen in
All but one
- Why did you choose IBM’s technology?
- We looked
at different models. The determining factor was that we would get
all technology and all
services that we needed from one service provider if we chose IBM,
is the Digiplex building that is to house the new center. The actual
content will gradually
be built during the spring, and the data center will be in full
production this autumn.
Engebretsen says that it
will initially be set up 10,000 servers at Fet. The CTO underlines
that it is e asy to double the amount if need be.
be able to industrialize and automise the IT deliveries, all
SoftLayer centers are identical
on the inside. The interior in the data center at Fet has therefore
gone through minor modifications
in order to become identical to the other 46 data
centers.IT operation for 6 billion
says that EVRY is in the process to prepare 200 customers for the
new SoftLayer platform.With a center on
Norwegian soil , EVRY is able to offer cloud ser vices to customers
that due to regulatory reasons require that the data is located in
Norway. This applies especially to customers in the public sector
and in the bank and finance sector, which comprises one half and
approximately one third of the revenue
’s total revenue today is 12 billion kroners in Norway, where
approximately half of
this is operations.
When Fet is connected to the global SoftLayer
service offerings to companies with a global presence will increase.
Now they can store data
in centers relatively close to their local offices no matter where
it is in the world.
Access to Watson
- The goal with the new data center is to become a more
important IT partner for our customers, says Engebretsen.
addition to delivering operation
services from a cloud platform, EVRY has developed its own user
portal customized to the individual
customer as a part of Future Proof. Now IBM takes over the
production of this service, and will
develop new services for the cloud platform.
customers will in addition get access to IBM’s services and
applications collected under the Bluemix umbrella. This includes
access to solutions that builds on the self - learning super -
a par t of the IBM - EVRY contract, IBM acquired 332 employees from
EVRY on the 1 st of December
last year. The former EVRY employees are gathered in the newly
created IBM Services.