IBM has opened its first SoftLayer datacentre in a bid to stave off concerns over data sovereignty in the Cloud. The Melbourne datacentre follows recent launches in Toronto, London and Hong Kong, and is part of IBM's $1.2 billion global investment to expand its cloud footprint farther into Asia-Pacific and throughout the world. SoftLayer chief executive, Lance Crosby, said the Melbourne datacentre, the first in Australia, was a significant milestone.
"We can now bring all the benefits and advantages of SoftLayer's cloud platform to customers in country or to customers looking for an Australian location," he said.
"This facility meets all the demands for deploying secure, in-country enterprise-grade IBM cloud services which will help accelerate cloud adoption among organisations responding to this IT seachange." According to a company statement, the facility provides customers with Australian data residency and an even faster way to reach local end users with SoftLayer's secure and resilient platform that can be integrated with existing infrastructure to provide a robust hybrid environment.
The Melbourne location will complement SoftLayer's Hong Kong and Singapore data centers.
It will offer APAC customers redundancy options within the region and provide interoperability between all of SoftLayer's global locations. Atmail vice president of global sales, Mark Phillips, said Softlayer's new datacentre was huge for his company.
"Data sovereignty issues are top-of-mind for many of our customers in Australia, so the ability to now move data to this particular region is very advantageous to us," he said.
"We have customers in 123 countries, so SoftLayer's expanding global presence is fantastic for us."
Atmail is a Queensland-based company that provides an email-messaging platform to more than 4,500 customers worldwide. SoftLayer's strategic global partner Digital Realty built the Melbourne facility, along with the Toronto, London and Toronto locations.
The design of the Melbourne datacentre matches that of other SoftLayer datacentres around the globe, with capacity for more than 15,000 physical servers initially. SoftLayer's complete portfolio of infrastructure services, including bare metal servers, virtual servers, storage and networking, will be available out of Melbourne.
The new facility will provide 10Gbps network connections to SoftLayer services with less than 40 milliseconds of latency from anywhere in the world. SoftLayer customers in the region include Fluccs, Rightship, Loft Group, HotelsCombined, Digital Market Square, Bugwolf, Cartesian and Portland Software. SoftLayer will start taking orders for the Melbourne datacentre immediately with a special offer of up to US$500 off new orders in the datacentre.
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