IBM is chasing Microsoft Azure by launching a second Australian point-of-presence (PoP) for its SoftLayer cloud business. The company opened its Melbourne facility – at a Digital Realty-owned site in Deer Park – last August as part of a $1.2 billion investment in cloud globally. At the time of the Melbourne announcement, IBM said it would also open a Sydney facility by October. IBM did not respond to request for detail on the delayed launch of the Sydney centre.
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IBM will offer its first SoftLayer cloud services to the Australian market via two data centres in Sydney and Melbourne, the company announced today, with both to go live before the end of the year. The company today confirmed the industry’s worst-kept secret by announcing its $35 million investment to build racks inside a Digital Realty-owned facility in Deer Park, Melbourne, from which it will offer Infrastructure-as-a-Service under the Softlayer brand from next month. The company also announced the same services will be available from a Sydney datacentre within two months.
GREATRESPONDER.COM – This was announced by the Big Blue Corporation at the start of this week that it has successfully started one state of the art data center in the Hong Kong for its SoftLayer cloud computing service providing division. The company further explained that this data center is being established in Asia Pacific region to strengthen its cloud computing business operations across the globe and especially in the Asia Pacific region.
SoftLayer has announced the opening of a Hong Kong data centre, with Jonathan Wisler, EMEA managing director at SoftLayer, saying the company’s partnership with IBM continues to accelerate. The infrastructure as a service provider opened up in Hong Kong on Monday, with further plans to expand in London later this year – as Salesforce.com did last week – as well as expansion in Europe, South America, Latin America and Asia.
Virtustream, the enterprise-class cloud software and services provider, today announced IBM will use Virtustream’s cloud management platform (CMP) software, xStream, as an option to deliver SAP and SAP HANA environments on the SoftLayer, an IBM Company, cloud globally for both managed and customer managed SAP environments. This partnership will enable companies to easily move existing mission-critical SAP applications to the SoftLayer cloud with confidence – gaining cloud efficiency and enhancing both security and performance.
IBM opened up a new SoftLayer data center in Hong Kong over the weekend, a month later than the company expected after a slight delay in approval from the Chinese government. The SoftLayer data center in Hong Kong is the first of 15 data centers IBM will open as part of its $1.2 billion investment to extend its cloud services around the world.
There is mounting enthusiasm for cloud services in the Asia-Pacific region, and enterprises are building the business case for cloud. The ultimate aim for enterprises is to build secure but extremely agile ICT infrastructures that will allow them to be nimble and innovative, and to move faster than their competitors. The cloud dividend delivers the highest yield for enterprises if it can help them to achieve that competitive advantage over their peers.
Armonk, NY —DataHotel Co., Ltd. (DataHotel), a Japan-based managed hosting service provider for mobile and smartphone application developers, has selected SoftLayer, an IBM (NYSE: IBM) Company, as its cloud infrastructure provider of choice, in order to expand overseas delivery of “DATAHOTEL for App.