IBM Opens New Netherlands Cloud Data Center
The Sydney cloud center offers the full range of SoftLayer cloud infrastructure services, including bare-metal servers, virtual servers, storage, security services and networking. It was built using SoftLayer's standardized pod design and has the capacity for thousands of physical servers. In January, IBM opened its first Mexico cloud center in Querétaro, near Mexico City. The new facility strengthens IBM Cloud's presence in Latin America by offering data residency within the region, even more redundancy in the Americas. With industry experts predicting that Latin America will see more than 25 percent growth in the cloud-computing business within the next three years, the Mexico cloud center gives IBM an anchor in the local cloud market. The Mexico center will support the region's growth by providing a local cloud center for location-sensitive data and workloads closer to Mexican and Latin American customers and end users. It also broadens data redundancy options within the Americas by enabling backups that can be replicated and seamlessly integrated in any of SoftLayer's cloud centers via its leading private network, with free unmetered bandwidth between locations. "The Mexico cloud center brings IBM Cloud's complete portfolio to the doorsteps of local customers, who can run workloads and applications in the cloud while taking advantage of in-country data and compute services, security, high-speed connections and 24/7 support," said Salvador Martinez Vidal, general manager of IBM Mexico.The Frankfurt facility is part of SoftLayer's unique global network, differentiated by its network-within-a-network architecture, and offers 10G-bps connections to SoftLayer services, with only 7 milliseconds of latency from SoftLayer's Amsterdam facility and less than 330 milliseconds of latency from other SoftLayer cloud data centers around the world. It also complements existing European IBM Cloud facilities in Amsterdam, London, and Paris, and broadens redundancy options and geographic diversity within EMEA and around the world by enabling backups that can be replicated and integrated in any other SoftLayer cloud data center, with free unmetered bandwidth between locations. SoftLayer's global customer base has grown rapidly since IBM acquired the company in the summer of 2013. IBM has opened 13 new SoftLayer data centers around the world over the last 10 months, with additional locations launching by the end of this year. With each new facility, IBM Cloud builds a local team on the ground. IBM Cloud aims to triple SoftLayer technical and commercial staff in the Amsterdam area by the end of the year.
Also in January, IBM opened its first SoftLayer cloud data center in Germany. Located in Frankfurt, the facility provides customers with a local cloud center to help them meet Germany and Europe's strict security and data privacy regulations, improving application performance by lowering latency for local customers.