IBM has opened its first cloud data center with SoftLayer in Tokyo, Japan. IBM is offering $500 off on new orders for the Tokyo cloud data center for the first month of service.
This is a limited time offer, said IBM.
The Tokyo center is part of IBM’s $1.2 billion investment to expand its global cloud footprint.
IBM has SoftLayer resources in cities within the Asia Pacific region, including Singapore, Hong Kong, and Melbourne.
“Since we set up a Singapore cloud data center in September 2011, SoftLayer has seen tremendous growth in the Asia-Pacific market,” said Lance Crosby, CEO of SoftLayer, an IBM Company.
Between Q3 2013 and Q3 2014, IBM Cloud’s customer base in Japan increased more than 600 percent, and Japanese customers using its SoftLayer Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) now total more than 1,000.
PioneerVC Corporation is one of the global clients of IBM SoftLayer cloud data centers. It plans to move some of its clients’ accounts and domestic data into the new cloud data center as soon as it opens in Tokyo.
Hiroyuki Mashita, managing director and vice president of PioneerVC, said: “We are based in Japan and have clients located all over the world who use our real-time collaboration solution xSync Prime, which relies on SoftLayer’s robust bare metal and virtual cloud servers, services, and worldwide network to provide a low-latency connection.”
The new data center facility will provide support for local Asia-Pacific customers as well as global customers that want to reach local end users.
SoftLayer’s global network offers 10Gbps connections to SoftLayer services, less than 50 milliseconds of latency from the Hong Kong cloud data center, and less than 270 milliseconds of latency from other SoftLayer cloud data centers, said IBM.
Singapore-based MotionElements, a royalty-free stock media marketplace for Asia-focused digital artists, is also a client of IBM.
“Over the past two years, IBM Cloud’s SoftLayer infrastructure has helped us provide a cost-efficient, scalable, and responsive experience for our users,” said Mark Sun, co-founder of MotionElements.