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IBM opens first SoftLayer data centre in Canada

August 12, 2014  

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IBM Corp. today announced the opening of a new SoftLayer data centre in Toronto, which it said is designed to meet the growing demand for “hybrid cloud solutions that encompass open integration, data control and unique industry expertise.”

The data centre follows recent launches in London and Hong Kong, and is part of IBM Cloud’s broader $1.2 billion investment aimed at extending its cloud services capabilities in Canada and throughout the world.

The Toronto data centre has capacity for more than 15,000 physical servers and is built similarly to other SoftLayer facilities, which are based on a POD (Performance Optimized Data Centre) 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.

The company’s Canadian customer base includes financial services, insurance, retail and public sector organizations as well as numerous Canadian startup companies.

IBM purchased SoftLayer last year for US$2 billion.

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