IBM has announced that SoftLayer, an IBM Company, has opened a second cloud-data-center in the Netherlands, located in Almere, just outside of Amsterdam. The new facility helps meet the rapid growth of IBM Cloud by doubling its SoftLayer capacity in the region. The Almere data center is connected by secured 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 data center facility demonstrates the demand and success IBM-Cloud is having at delivering high-value services right to the doorstep of our clients,” said James Comfort, IBM General Manager of Cloud Services. “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.”
Since IBM-cloud acquired hosting provider SoftLayer in the summer of 2013, SoftLayer’s global customer base has grown rapidly. 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-data-centers technical and commercial staff in the Amsterdam area by the end of the year.