IBM announced June 16 the opening of its first cloud data center in Italy with a facility in Cornaredo, a city located in the province of Milan. The 2.8-megawatt facility, which will be able to house around 11,000 servers, will be powered by SoftLayer infrastructure.
IBM opened the Italy data center in order to facilitate data transmission to SoftLayer services within Europe and give startups faster access for their computing needs. The cloud market in Italy grew 30 percent in 2014, with total spending on cloud services reaching more than $1.3 billion.
The company has 40 cloud data centers worldwide. The new Italy data center expands IBM's global infrastructure, which includes a Canada data center, Mexico data center, and Japan data center. The goal with this facility is to enhance IBM's cloud services and offer a low-latency connection to local clients.
"The Italian IT sector is changing as startups and enterprises alike are increasingly turning to the cloud to optimize infrastructure, lower IT costs, create new revenue streams, and spur innovation," said Marc Jones, chief technology officer for SoftLayer, an IBM Company.
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