IBM company SoftLayer is gearing up to launch its first Australian data center — in Melbourne — in September.
IBM, as part of its plan to open 15 new data centers with an investment $1.2 billion, is looking at extending its cloud services in Asia Pacific and around the world.
The new onshore SoftLayer data center in Melbourne will meet Australian organizations’ demands for secure, in-country IBM cloud services that can deliver hybrid, private and public cloud environments, said IBM in a statement.
The Melbourne data center will offer SoftLayer’s cloud services to include bare metal and virtual servers, storage, and networking, all in one integrated platform.
SoftLayer said the Melbourne facility will have capacity for more than 15,000 physical servers.
In addition to the in Melbourne center, IBM is planning a second Australian SoftLayer data center later this year.
Peter Bourke, director of Information Technology Scentre Group, owner and operator of Westfield in Australia and New Zealand, said: “A hybrid cloud approach will further enable Scentre Group to continue to deliver iconic retail experiences for customers.”
“We are seeing a strong appetite for cloud in the Australian IT market, particularly towards the hybrid cloud model. We are investing in Australia, combining and strengthening our existing cloud capabilities,” said Lance Crosby, CEO of SoftLayer.
IBM has also shared some of its enterprise clients in Australia.
Rightship and Loft Group are utilizing SoftLayer cloud solutions to build and scale their mission critical applications.
HotelsCombined is using SoftLayer to service more than 30 million visitors per month to their site, transacting in 120 currencies and 40 languages.
Tech startups Digital Market Square, Bugwolf, Cartesian and Portland Software are developing applications on SoftLayer using IBM’s development platform Bluemix.