2014 promises to be a big year for SoftLayer, an IBM Company. In addition to adding thousands of new customers to our platform, we’re also setting course for global domination.
By the end of this year, we plan to deliver cloud services from 40 state-of-the-art data centers in 13 countries across five continents. This includes SoftLayer and IBM’s existing data centers and 15 new data centers to be built in Washington D.C., Hong Kong, London, Toronto, Japan, India, China, Canada, Mexico, and Dallas. If you’re a close follower of SoftLayer, you know we already have data centers in some of those locations. Yes, we’re building even more.
The new data centers will accelerate our presence into other major global markets and financial centers. We plan to have four or more data centers in all major geographies including Europe, Latin America, Asia, and the Americas, with plans to expand in the Middle East and Africa in 2015. This global expansion is based on growing client demand.
“IBM is continuing to invest in high growth areas,” said Erich Clementi, senior vice president of IBM Global Technology Services. “Last year, we added SoftLayer to our existing high value cloud portfolio. This is another major step in global expansion. IBM recognizes the universal need to deliver mission-critical workloads in a cloud environment that is secure, reliable, and built on open standards.”
This expansion builds on SoftLayer's model for providing a global IaaS platform that is widely distributed and mitigates any potential downtime. It will allow us to deliver high performance services to even more locales across the globe quickly, giving customers access to data without having to wait for servers several countries away to respond. All of SoftLayer and IBM’s solutions and services will be available in all data centers, and customers have the flexibility to choose which data center they want their data to reside in.
It’s an exciting time here at SoftLayer, both for us as a company and for our customers. Stay tuned, and we’ll keep you informed as our new data centers come online.
What makes this expansion so great for our customers?
+ Greater control to create globally distributed, highly available applications
+ Greater ability to provide the fastest service possible to end users all over the world
+ Even lower latency
+ More choice for where your applications and solutions reside and are backed up