IBM’s SoftLayer division, which specializes in cloud hosting, will be opening a data center in London in July with room for more than 15,000 physical servers, and allowing customers’ to meet their UK data residency requirements.
According to SoftLayers’ Monday announcement, the London data center will complement SoftLayer’s existing regional presence which includes an Amsterdam data center and a London network Point of Presence, both launched in 2012.
This data center is part of IBM’s $1.2 billion dollar investment to expand its global data center footprint announced earlier this year, which includes 15 new worldwide data centers projects starting with Hong Kong, Dallas, and the Washington D.C. area. Plans call for data center projects in China, Japan, India, Canada, and Mexico.
The London data center will offer the full range of SoftLayer cloud infrastructure services, including bare metal servers, virtual servers, storage and networking. It will start taking orders in July, and new orders will be met with as much as a $500.00 USD discount.
The new data center will allow customers to replicate or integrate data between London and Amsterdam data centers with high transfer speeds and unmetered bandwidth (at no charge) between facilities.
London, itself, is a major center of business with a third of the world’s largest companies headquartered there, but it also boasts a large community of emerging technology startups, incubators, and entrepreneurs.
SoftLayer CEO Lance Crosby said the city is a key cloud market. “We already have a large customer base in London and the region; we’re excited to give those customers a full SoftLayer data center right in their backyard, with all the privacy, security, and control the SoftLayer platform offers,” Crosby said in a statement.