​IBM opens second cloud datacenter in the Netherlands

IBM has opened its thirteenth new datacenter in 10 months, this time bolstering its capacity in western Europe with a new facility the Netherlands.

IBM's cloud arm, SoftLayer, has opened a new datacenter in the Netherlands, offering greater redundancy and disaster recovery for customers in Europe.

The new SoftLayer facility is located in Almere, not far from Amsterdam, and marks the thirteenth new SoftLayer datacenter that IBM has opened in the past 10 months across the world. The move comes as IBM aims to drive up its hyperscale presence in public cloud IaaS, a field led by Amazon Web Services, Microsoft, and Google.

IBM earlier this week reported its first quarter earnings, where cloud services revenue for the quarter showed an annual run rate of $3.8bn, up from $2.3bn a year ago. The company highlighted that it's increasingly focusing on hybrid cloud.

The new facility is the company's second datacenter in the Netherlands, with both having a capacity of around 8,000 servers. It has similarly scaled up datacenters in Frankfurt, London, and Paris, as well as numerous other larger facilities in the US, Asia, and Australia.

The company last year announced it was planning to invest $1.2 bn in expanding its cloud datacenter footprint, which has come alongside similarly growing investments in commercialising Watson, and more recently, plans to plough $3bn in building up its Internet of Things capabilities. IBM, a relative latecomer to the public cloud market, acquired SoftLayer for $2bn in 2013 with a view to carving out a slice of the estimated $200bn that the cloud services market will be worth by 2020.

IBM last year said it was planning on building 15 new datacenters across the globe.

With the new Dutch datacenter, customers will have more options redundancy and disaster recovery options, IBM said.

The Netherlands has also attracted investments from Google, which last year signed a 10 year deal for its €600m datacenter there to acquire the entire output of a new local wind energy farm. It's struck similar deals in Sweden for its Finnish datacenter in Hamina.

Europe has seen a number of US cloud companies invest in new datacenters in the region, with Apple earlier this year announcing two new facilities in Ireland and Denmark that are set to go live in 2017 at a cost €1.7bn. Meanwhile, Amazon Web Services has boosted its European capacity via its relatively new region in Frankfurt, Germany, while Microsoft's Azure datacenters in Europe are located in Ireland and the Netherlands.

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