IBM Opening New SoftLayer Data Center in London
IBM announced it is opening a new SoftLayer data center in London, where it will begin taking orders next month.IBM announced that it will soon open a SoftLayer data center in London to serve European customers. The new data center will be the latest of 15 new data centers that IBM plans to open as part of a $1.2 billion global investment to strengthen and extend its cloud services around the world. The new facility will provide customers and their end users with SoftLayer services that meet in-country data residency requirements. It will also complement the existing SoftLayer Amsterdam data center and London network Point of Presence (PoP), both launched in 2012, to provide European customers redundancy options within the region. The London data center will have capacity for more than 15,000 physical servers and will offer the full range of SoftLayer cloud infrastructure services, including bare metal servers, virtual servers, storage and networking. It will integrate with all SoftLayer data centers and network PoPs around the world. With these services deployed on demand, and with remote access and control, customers will be enabled to create their ideal cloud environment—whether it be public, private, dedicated or hybrid.
"We already have a large customer base in London and the region; we're excited to give those customers a full SoftLayer data center right in their backyard, with all the privacy, security, and control the SoftLayer platform offers," said Lance Crosby, CEO of IBM's SoftLayer, in a statement. "The work these businesses are doing—the solutions and services that they are building in the cloud—is inspiring. Organizations of all sizes are using SoftLayer services to disrupt their industries or even their own operations, creating new business models and applications."