BBM Migrating from On-Site Data Centres in Canada to Google Cloud in Asia

This month, Pythian, a global IT services company that helps businesses adopt technologies to better compete, announced that Creative Media Works (operating as BBM Messenger) has selected them to help move their IT infrastructure for Consumer BBM from BlackBerry on-premise data centers in Ontario Canada to the Google Cloud Platform in Asia.

While some will react cautiously, the direction of cloud migration has become more common that it was even just a few years ago. The move is intended to accommodate the key-markets requirements after a "significant" increase in media consumption by its global users. Really, it's a necessary next-step in BBM's evolution.

About BBM

On 27 June 2016, Creative Media Works, a division of PT Elang Mahkota Teknologi Tbk. (Emtek, IDX:EMTK) –– one of Indonesia’s largest media, content and technology businesses –– announced a long term strategic alliance with BlackBerry Limited to accelerate consumer BBM’s research and development in offering new and exciting features, services and content to the global consumer market. As part of this strategy, BBM is making its APIs available to expedite the growth of partners and consumer services such as:

  • Content – music and video streaming, games, sports, news, celebrity blogs, horoscopes and more
  • Commerce – shopping, gifting and coupons/vouchers
  • Online to Offline Commerce – booking movies, travel, health services, real-estate or job postings
  • Finance – P2P payments, money transfer, mobile phone re-charge, and utilities billing

Creative Media Works now operates under the BBM banner as a stand-alone consumer focused business with teams operating from Waterloo, Mississauga, Ottawa, Singapore, Jakarta, UAE and South Africa. For more information, visit

“We need a partner who shares our urgency, and can accommodate our needs as our business evolves in both North America and Asia. Pythian’s remote work model allows us to scale up as required on short notice and even around the clock, providing the flexibility that we need,” - Matthew Talbot, CEO of Creative Media Works

The migration is anticipated to occur "as soon as possible", with no full dates listed on the complex move.

S: Pythian PR


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