Toronto - 12 August 2014 - IBM has opened a new SoftLayer data center in Toronto, Canada. The data center follows recent launches in London and Hong Kong, and is part of IBM Cloud’s broader $1.2 billion investment.
The facility is the first SoftLayer data center in Canada and offers the full portfolio of SoftLayer’s cloud services. It has capacity for more than 15,000 physical servers and is built exactly like other SoftLayer facilities, which are based on a POD (Performance Optimized Data Center) concept. The facility connects directly into SoftLayer’s global network via a network Point of Presence (PoP) located in Toronto.
“Toronto is the fourth largest city in North America, and a vital financial and technological hub—not only for the province of Ontario but for all of Canada,” said Lance Crosby, SoftLayer’s CEO. “We have hundreds of existing Canadian customers that can now have SoftLayer services deployed closer to home, and thousands of customers that will take advantage of the facility to get closer to end users in this market.”
The company’s large Canadian customer base includes financial services, insurance, retail and public sector organizations as well as numerous Canadian startup companies, members of the SoftLayer Catalyst startup program. Catalyst provides promising startups with credits for any SoftLayer cloud infrastructure (including servers, storage, and networking), executive mentoring, as well as engineering resources.
Today, IBM has 100+ cloud SaaS solutions and a network of 40 data centers worldwide. Since 2007, IBM has invested more than $7 billion in approximately 17 acquisitions to accelerate its cloud initiatives and build a high value cloud portfolio.