IBM is opening four new data centers in the U.K., despite some of the gloomy forecasts for the country’s economy following its vote to leave the European Union.
It’s five years since the company began offering cloud services in the U.K., and two years since it opened its second cloud data center there.
The new data centers will raise the U.K.’s share of IBM’s cloud capacity in Europe from one-sixth to more than one-third. That’s an interesting bet on the U.K.’s future outside the E.U.
Following June’s “Brexit” vote, the U.K. is set to withdraw from the 28-country bloc in a little more than two years, once the U.K. government makes up its mind when and how to leave. After that, it’s anybody’s guess what role data centers in the U.K. will play in the broader European economy.