IBM opens second SoftLayer datacentre in the Netherlands

Big Blue seeks to capitalise on growing interest in public cloud services by opening another European datacentre

IBM has opened a second datacentre in the Netherlands for SoftLayer customers looking to reinforce their backup and disaster recovery strategies.

The new facility, in Almere, near Amsterdam, is linked to the firm’s other SoftLayer datacentres via a private network, allowing users to build redundancy into their operations by leaning on computing resources at these additional sites as needed.

Since acquiring public cloud infrastructure player SoftLayer for $2bn in the summer of 2013, IBM has opened 13 datacentres and is planning more this year, with each facility having its own in-house support team.

IBM's acquisition has been lauded in analyst circles for positioning it to compete with the likes of AWS and Microsoft in the public cloud space.

In the case of the Amsterdam facility, IBM has vowed to triple the number of commercial and technical staff working in the area by the end of 2015.

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James Comfort, general manager of cloud services at IBM, said the latest datacentre opening is a sign of the demand for SoftLayer’s public cloud services.

“We are reaching customers in a way that takes all the guesswork out of moving to the cloud,” he said. “They can build and scale applications, run the toughest big data workloads, have the level of security they need, all in-country and connected to a truly global platform.”

Louis Rustenhoven, director of marketing and sales at Dutch telco KPN, said his firm sells SoftLayer-based cloud services to customers, and plans to draw on the new facility to deliver services to a million more.

“With our partnership with SoftLayer, our end-users will be able to take advantage of cloud services that not only meet their in-country data residency requirements, but will also offer a choice between three IaaS options: bare metal servers, single-tenant and multi-tenant virtual machines, for most optimised performance, security, scalability and manageability,” he said.

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