Continuing to expand its cloud-computing footprint in North America, IBM today announced the opening of its newest SoftLayer cloud center in Drummondville, just outside of Montréal.
This is IBM’s second cloud centre in the country, which follows the recent opening of the Toronto facility in August 2014.
The Montréal facility is part of IBM’s $1.2 billion investment to expand its global cloud services portfolio. Aligning with client preferences for keeping data in country, the new cloud centre provides a second Canadian location in which local customers can store, compute, and back up data, IBM says.
“Montréal is a vital center of commerce and technology,” said Marc Jones, SoftLayer;s CTO. “Canada is an important market for IBM Cloud services.”
“IBM is committed to providing enterprises with a competitive advantage that helps them transform and adapt to new trends in areas like cloud, security, big data, and mobile,” said Denis Desbiens, IBM Vice President, Québec.
Once known for hardware, industry giant IBM is increasingly promoting its software-as-a-service and platform-as-a-service offerings as it looks to rebrand itself as a leader in cloud computing.
Recently announced, IBM plans to pursue more partnerships in the Toronto area and working with local startups will be a big focus.