Hong Kong - 01 June 2014 - IBM has opened a new SoftLayer data center in Hong Kong to meet growing customer demand for its cloud-based IT services. The data center is the first of 15 new data centers that the company will open as part of a $1.2-billion dollar investment to strengthen and extend IBM cloud services in Asia and around the world.
"Our expansion into Hong Kong gives us a stronger Asian market presence as well as added proximity and access to our growing customer base in region," said Lance Crosby, CEO of SoftLayer, an IBM Company. “This new data center gives the fast-growing, entrepreneurial businesses that Hong Kong is known for a local facility to tap into SoftLayer’s complete portfolio of cloud services."
The Hong Kong data center will have capacity for more than 15,000 physical servers and the trademark SoftLayer network of networks architecture. It adds to an existing Asia footprint that already includes the Singapore data center and network Points of Presence (PoPs) in Hong Kong, Singapore, and Tokyo. With network connectivity provided by multiple Tier-1 network carriers, including NTT, Tata, and Equinix, customers and end users in region have redundant network protection, high-speed throughput, and a connection to SoftLayer services with less than 40 milliseconds of latency.
SoftLayer became part of IBM back in July 2013 and is now the foundation for the company’s cloud portfolio of services. Earlier this year, IBM announced a $1 billion investment in BlueMix, a Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) built on SoftLayer enabling developers to take advantage of cloud capabilities and offering IBM's middleware software as a cloud service.