IBM Opens New Netherlands Cloud Data Center
IBM continues to deliver on its promise to bolster its global cloud presence with a new SoftLayer data center in the Netherlands.IBM announced that its SoftLayer unit has opened a second cloud data center in the Netherlands, located in Almere, just outside Amsterdam. The Almere data center is securely connected by a private network to all SoftLayer data centers around the world. IBM Cloud operates SoftLayer facilities in North and South America, Asia, Australia and Europe, including data centers in the greater London area, Paris, Frankfurt and an existing data center in Amsterdam. "This new facility demonstrates the demand and success IBM Cloud is having at delivering high-value services right to the doorstep of our clients," James Comfort, IBM's general manager of cloud services, said in a statement. "We're reaching customers in a way that takes all the guess work out of moving to the cloud. They can build and scale applications, run the toughest big data workloads, have the level of security they need, all in country and connected to a truly global platform." One customer already leveraging these advantages is KPN, a Dutch IT and telecommunications services provider. As part of an existing partnership with IBM, KPN sells cloud services built on SoftLayer infrastructure. The company plans to deliver value-added cloud services to more than 1 million small, midsize, large, and corporate businesses across the Netherlands via the new SoftLayer facility.
"We are committed to offer services allowing our customers to stay on the leading edge of innovative developments," Louis Rustenhoven, director of marketing and sales for KPN Business Market, said in a statement. "With our partnership with SoftLayer, our end users will be able to take advantage of cloud services that not only meet their in-country data residency requirements, but will also offer a choice between three IaaS options: bare-metal servers, single-tenant and multi-tenant virtual machines, for most optimized performance, security, scalability and manageability."