IBM announced it will open SoftLayer’s new cloud centers in Sydney and Montreal within next thirty days.
Once these two data centers are launched, IBM will have opened five SoftLayer cloud centers in less than four months, including Frankfurt, Queretaro and Tokyo.
In January 2014, IBM announced plans to commit over $2.1 billion to significantly expand its global cloud footprint.
IBM also commits to open cloud centers in Milan, Italy and Chennai in 2015. The additional cloud centers give IBM Cloud customers even more locations and options for creating ideal public, private or hybrid cloud environments.
“With each new location we are not only adding more computing capacity, we are also helping customers solve data residency issues, address security and audit controls, run, scale and big data applications on the bare metal services and more,” said Jim Comfort, general manager, IBM cloud services.
IBM’s cloud centre expansion strengthens and expands SoftLayer’s network, decrease latency, provides geographically diverse location for data backups and helps customers to comply with regulations regarding data sovereignty in many countries.
SoftLayer’s overall cloud centre capacity has grown by 100 percent since IBM acquired the company in 2013.
By some estimates, the global cloud market is set to grow to $200 billion by 2020, driven largely by businesses and government agencies deploying cloud services to market, sell, develop products, manage their supply chain and transform their business practices.