IBM opens SoftLayer cloud center in Quebec

IBM has opened its SoftLayer cloud center in Drummondville, outside of Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

This is IBM’s second cloud center in Canada. In August 2014, IBM opened its facility in Toronto.

Earlier, IBM announced $1.2 billion investment program to expand its global cloud services.

The new cloud facility will assist IBM to expand its customer base in Canada.

Baseline Telematics, a provider of insurance solutions, has tapped IBM to deliver its solution as a turnkey service to its client base.

“Partnering with IBM allowed us to provide identical, local and customer-specific deployments for our global clients regardless of location,” said Paul-Andre Savoie, president and CEO, Baseline Telematics.

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Marc Jones, CTO of SoftLayer, said: “Canada is an important market for IBM Cloud services and this new facility will provide regional customers with the security, resiliency, and scalability for placing demanding workloads in the cloud.”

The new cloud center offers SoftLayer and IBM Cloud infrastructure services, including bare metal servers, virtual servers, storage, security services and networking. These services can be deployed on-demand with full remote access and control through a customer Web portal or API, allowing customers to create their ideal public, private or hybrid cloud environments.

Over the last four months, IBM will have opened five SoftLayer cloud centers, including facilities in Frankfurt, Germany; Queretaro, Mexico; and Tokyo, Japan.

IBM will open cloud centers in Milan, Italy and Chennai, India before the year. Last year, IBM opened similar centers in Toronto, Hong Kong, London, Dallas, and Washington, D.C.

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