IBM SoftLayer heads north with first data center in Canada

Summary:SoftLayer has been instrumental in launching services geared around development of the IBM's Watson platform, software-defined storage and expanding IBM's marketplace of partners.

Following up recent launches in London and Hong Kong, IBM has pinpointed Toronto as the next location for a new SoftLayer data center, marking a first for the cloud platform in Canada.

SoftLayer already has a considerable customer roster in Canada with more than 1,000 to count ranging from startups to financial services firms.

Along with boosting responsiveness and application performance for workloads, IBM is also looking to satisfy local data residency laws.

The design of the data center won't be all that much different from other SoftLayer data centers worldwide, being built to support more than 15,000 physical servers while tapping into SoftLayer’s global network via a network Point of Presence (PoP) located in Toronto.

The Toronto data center will also mark the fifth of 15 new data centers that the tech giant plans to open this year as part of its broader $1.2 billion cloud investment.

IBM acquired SoftLayer for roughly $2 billion during the early summer of 2013, fueling Big Blue in the cloud horse race against the likes of Amazon Web Services, Google and Microsoft Azure.

Since then , SoftLayer has been instrumental in launching services geared around development of the IBM's Watson platform, software-defined storage and expanding IBM's marketplace of partners.

Businesses can start placing orders for services with the Toronto SoftLayer data center immediately. IBM is also tacking on a limited-time promotion, knocking off $500 USD for the first month for new orders for a limited time.

Topics: Data Management, Cloud, Data Centers, Enterprise 2.0, IBM

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Rachel King is a staff writer for CBS Interactive based in San Francisco, covering business and enterprise technology for ZDNet, CNET and SmartPlanet. She has previously worked for The Business Insider, FastCompany.com, CNN's San Francisco bureau and the U.S. Department of State. Rachel has also written for MainStreet.com, Irish Americ... Full Bio

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