IBM Opens First SoftLayer Data Center in Canada

IBM Opens First SoftLayer Data Center in Canada 
New Toronto Facility Part of IBM's $1.2 Billion Global Cloud Services
TORONTO, ON -- (Marketwired) -- 08/12/14 --  IBM (NYSE: IBM) today
announced the opening of a new SoftLayer data center in Toronto to
meet the growing demand for hybrid cloud solutions that encompass
open integration, data control and unique industry expertise. The
data center 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 facility is the first SoftLayer data center in Canada, giving
customers a cloud services provider with a local presence that can
deliver bare metal and virtual servers, storage, and networking, all
in one integrated platform. Basing these services in a local facility
meets the needs of Canadian customers that require in-country data
residency, such as financial institutions, public sector
organizations, and many large enterprises. 
The Toronto data center 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
Currently enrolled Canadian startups include Mnubo, Epilogger, Brika,
Greenoffon, Zilyo, TeachIt, maegan and kiwiwearables. Catalyst also
has established relationships with leading Canadian accelerators and
incubators including GrowLab, Communitech, Ryerson University Digital
Media Zone (DMZ), JOLT, FounderFuel, Extreme Startups and TheNext36
as well as those affiliated with the Ontario Network of Excellence
"We are very excited to see SoftLayer open a data center in Toronto,
as we are now expanding our customer base in Canada," said Brenda
Crainic, CTO and co-founder of maegan. "We're looking forward to host
all our data in Canada, in addition to SoftLayer's easy-to-use
services and great customer service." 
SoftLayer begins taking orders and delivering services in the Toronto
data center today. New orders for services in the facility are
eligible for $500.00 USD off the first month, for a limited time
only. Visit for more information. 
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unmatched portfolio of open cloud solutions to enable clients for the
hybrid cloud era with integration, control over data and expertise.
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deep industry knowledge helping clients transform and a growing
global network of data centers. Since 2007, IBM has invested more
than $7 billion in 17 acquisitions to accelerate its cloud
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About SoftLayer, an IBM Company 
 SoftLayer, an IBM Company, operates
a global cloud infrastructure platform built for Internet scale. With
100,000 devices under management, 16 data centers in the United
States, Asia and Europe and a global footprint of network points of
presence, SoftLayer provides Infrastructure-as-a-Service to
leading-edge customers ranging from Web startups to global
enterprises. SoftLayer's modular architecture provides unparalleled
performance and control, with a full-featured API and sophisticated
automation controlling a flexible unified platform that seamlessly
spans physical and virtual devices, and a worldwide network for
secure, low-latency communications. For more information, please
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