Tuesday, 26 August 2014 11:36

IBM launches first enterprise grade cloud data centre in Australia Featured

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IBM has invested in a new multi-million dollar SoftLayer data centre in Melbourne as part of a $1.2 billon dollar global investment to strengthen its cloud services in the Asia Pacific region and worldwide.

The new data centre will switch on in September with the capacity for more than 15,000 physical servers, and offers the full portfolio of SoftLayer’s cloud services to include bare metal and virtual servers, storage, and networking, all in one integrated platform.

Victoria’s Minister for Technology Gordon Rich-Phillips opened the new data centre today and said the IBM announcement was another “significant international investment in Victoria’s information and communications technology capabilities and skills; and a valuable addition to the state’s world-class technology ecosystem.”

IBM says the new onshore SoftLayer data centre will meet Australian organisations’ demands for secure, in-country enterprise-grade IBM cloud services that can deliver hybrid, private and public cloud environments.

A second Australian SoftLayer data centre is planned to open later this year.

SoftLayer CEO Lance Crosby said Australia was an important market for IBM and SoftLayer.

“We are seeing a strong appetite for cloud in this market, particularly towards the hybrid cloud model. We are investing in Australia, combining and strengthening our existing cloud capabilities.  

“We now offer customers high value, enterprise grade hybrid cloud environment. IBM’s ability to offer Australian businesses in-country access to SoftLayer's global cloud infrastructure will further accelerate cloud adoption amongst a new breed of organisations that is constantly ready and responding to change.”

IBM says Australian organisations across enterprise, small and medium sized companies, start-ups and developers are all looking to the company’s “best in class cloud infrastructure” to build and scale their mission critical applications, including:

•    Rightship and Loft Group are taking advantage of SoftLayer cloud solutions to build and scale their mission critical applications

•    HotelsCombined is using SoftLayer to service more than 30 million visitors per month to their site, transacting in 120 currencies and 40 languages

•    Tech startups Digital Market Square, Bugwolf, Cartesian and Portland Software are developing applications on SoftLayer using IBM’s development platform Bluemix.  

IBM has recently partnered with one of Australia’s largest IT distributor's, Avnet Technology Solutions, to build a robust business partner network in Australia to deliver SoftLayer services to the mid-market.

The company also says its partner ecosystem continues to expand with local Managed Service Partners' including Offis, Bendigo Community Telco and Integr8IT using SoftLayer to provide customers with a host of Infrastructure-as-a-Service solutions.


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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham - retired and is a "volunteer" writer for iTWire. He is a veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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