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IBM's London datacentre is the latest of 15 new datacentre the firm intends to build out as it bolsters itself outside the US

IBM’s London datacentre is the latest of 15 new datacentre the firm intends to build out as it bolsters itself outside the US

As part of the company’s billion dollar investment to expand its cloud services footprint globally IBM announced that it plans to open a London datacentre in July, which will house the company’s SoftLayer infrastructure.

The new datacentre, which will have capacity for more than 15,000 physical servers and offer the full range of SoftLayer services, will complement the company’s existing presence in Amsterdam.

“The region is a key cloud market, with customers using cloud to deploy web-centric workloads or to transform their existing operations,” the company said in a statement explaining the move.

“One third of the world’s largest companies are headquartered in London and a majority of the world’s largest financial institutions have operations there. Additionally, London has one of the world’s largest communities for technology startups, incubators, and entrepreneurs.”

Lance Crosby, chief executive officer of SoftLayer said the company already has a large customer base in London, and that the datacentre will help serve them better by offering lower latency as well as help them, particularly highly regulated customers, satisfy data residency requirements.

The announcement marks yet another step in IBM’s march to offer SoftLayer outside the US, and comes barely a month after the company announced it was taking the platform to Hong Kong.

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