IBM announced in early March that it is continuing to expand its North American cloud footprint with the opening of a new SoftLayer Montreal data center.
The new Canada data center is the second facility in the country for IBM, joining a Toronto data center that was opened in August 2014. Both sites are part of the company's $1.2 billion overall investment to expand its global cloud service portfolio. It was important for the company that their second Canada data center was created in Quebec because IBM wanted to offer French language access for enterprises in the region.
In order to meet growing customer demand for data residency, IBM chose to create a second Canadian facility to partner with the Toronto site and provide customers with a reliable location within the country to store, compute and back up sensitive data. With the new Quebec data center, organizations based in the province will be able to access low-latency connection and improved data redundancy.
The Montreal data center will offer customers the full range of SoftLayer and IBM Cloud infrastructure services, including virtual servers, bare metal servers, networking and security services.
"As the second-largest city in Canada, Montréal is a vital center of commerce and technology," said SoftLayer CTO Marc Jones. "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."
IBM is currently in the middle of a whirlwind tour of data center openings, creating facilities in Frankfurt, Tokyo and Mexico. In the coming year the company also plans to open a Milan data center and an India data center.
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