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.  "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  www.softlayer.com/Toronto 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  about cloud offerings from IBM, visit http://www.ibm.com/cloud. Follow us on  Twitter at @IBMcloud and on our blog at www.thoughtsoncloud.com. Join the  conversation #ibmcloud.  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 softlayer.com.    SOURCE  IBM Canada Ltd.  Jayne Czarnocki, Account Executive, +1 416 355 7412  To view this news release in HTML formatting, please use the following URL:  http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/August2014/12/c1146.html  CO: IBM Canada Ltd. ST: Ontario NI: CPR ELE NP  
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