IBM has announced that SoftLayer, an IBM Company, will open a data center in London this month. It will be the latest of 15 new data centers that IBM plans to open as part of a $1.2 billion dollar global investment to strengthen and extend its cloud hosting services in Europe and around the world.
The London data center will have capacity for more than 15,000 physical servers and will offer the full range of SoftLayer cloud hosting infrastructure services, including bare metal servers, virtual servers, storage and networking.
The new facility will provide customers and their end users with SoftLayer services that meet in-country data residency requirements. It will also complement the existing SoftLayer Amsterdam data center and London network Point of Presence (PoP), both launched in 2012, to provide European customers redundancy options within the region.
Remote access and control
The services offered from the new data center will seamlessly integrate via the company’s private network with all SoftLayer data centers and network PoPs around the world. With these services deployed on demand, and with full remote access and control, customers will be enabled to create their ideal cloud environment – whether it be public cloud hosting, private cloud, dedicated and/or hybrid.
“We already have a large customer base in London and the region; we’re excited to give those customers a full SoftLayer data center right in their backyard, with all the privacy, security, and control the SoftLayer platform offers,” said Lance Crosby, SoftLayer CEO. “The work these businesses are doing – the solutions and services that they are building in the cloud – is inspiring. Organizations of all sizes are using SoftLayer services to disrupt their industries or even their own operations, creating new business models and applications.”