IBM Opens First SoftLayer Data Centre in Canada

New Toronto facility part of IBM's $1.2 billion global cloud services expansion 
TORONTO, Aug. 12, 2014 /CNW/ - IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced the opening of 
a new SoftLayer data centre in Toronto 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 facility is the first SoftLayer data centre 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 centre 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 Centre) concept. The facility connects directly into 
SoftLayer's global network via a network Point of Presence (PoP) located in 
"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 resources. 
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 (ONE). 
"We are very excited to see SoftLayer open a data centre 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 
centre 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. 
About IBM Cloud Computing 
IBM is the global leader in cloud with an unmatched portfolio of open cloud 
solutions to enable clients for the hybrid cloud era with integration, control 
over data and expertise. IBM Cloud has helped more than 30,000 clients around 
the world.  Today, IBM has 100+ cloud SaaS solutions, thousands of experts 
with deep industry knowledge helping clients transform and a growing global 
network of data centres.  Since 2007, IBM has invested more than $7 billion in 
17 acquisitions to accelerate its cloud initiatives. IBM holds 1,560 cloud 
patents focused on driving innovation. In fact, IBM for the 21st consecutive 
year topped the annual list of US patent leaders. IBM processes more the 5.5M 
client transactions daily through IBM's public cloud.  For more information 
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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 
centres 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 visit

SOURCE  IBM Canada Ltd. 
Jayne Czarnocki, Account Executive, +1 416 355 7412 
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