IBM Softlayer Expands Global Cloud Footprint, To Open First SoftLayer Cloud Center in France

IBM Softlayer will open a new SoftLayer cloud hosting center in Paris, France, before the end of 2014. The facility will complement SoftLayer cloud centers in London and Amsterdam, offering clients more options for moving data and operations to the cloud in Europe. IBM Cloud will also provide cloud infrastructure services for customers in France that require in-country data residency.

The facility is part of a new 15 cloud center expansion and a $1.2 billion investment by IBM Cloud to grow its cloud presence around the world. 

softlayer-cloudThe new cloud hosting facility has capacity for thousands of physical servers and offers the full range of SoftLayer cloud infrastructure services, including bare metal servers, virtual servers, storage, and networking. It would seamlessly integrate via the company’s private network with all SoftLayer cloud centers and network PoPs around the world. With services deployed on-demand and full remote access and control, customers can create their ideal public cloud hosting, private, or hybrid cloud environments.

Cloud Market France

The new Paris cloud center opening comes at an opportune time as French analyst firm Markess recently reported that the cloud computing market in France has increased by €2.2 billion in 2012 to €4.1 billion in 2014 as more companies adopt cloud to deploy Web-centric workloads or transform their existing operations.

“With each new cloud center we’re bringing our complete cloud services portfolio to the doorsteps of local customers,” said Lance Crosby, CEO of SoftLayer. “The Paris cloud center allows us to support workloads and applications from French customers who want their data to stay in the country and secure in the cloud, and provides our global clients with an opportunity to get even closer to their end user customers in the region.”