IBM Opens First SoftLayer Data Centre in Canada, Part of $1.2 Billion Cloud Services Expansion

IBM today announced the opening of a new SoftLayer data centre in Toronto to meet growing demand for hybrid cloud solutions.

The data centre follows recent launches in London and Hong Kong, and is part of IBM Cloud’s broader $1.2 billion investment aimed at extending its cloud services capabilities, according to the company.

The facility is the first SoftLayer data centre in Canada. The Toronto data centre offers the full portfolio of SoftLayer’s cloud services.

“Toronto is the fourth largest city in North America, and a vital financial and technological hub—not only for the province of Ontario but for all of Canada,” said Lance Crosby, SoftLayer’s CEO. “We have hundreds of existing Canadian customers that can now have SoftLayer services deployed closer to home, and thousands of customers that will take advantage of the facility to get closer to end users in this market.”  

The company’s large Canadian customer base includes numerous Canadian startup companies, members of the SoftLayer Catalyst startup program. Catalyst provides promising startups with credits for any SoftLayer cloud infrastructure (including servers, storage, and networking), executive mentoring, as well as engineering resources.

Currently enrolled Canadian startups include Mnubo, Epilogger, Brika, Greenoffon, Zilyo, TeachIt, maegan and Kiwi Wearables. Catalyst also has established relationships with leading Canadian accelerators and incubators including GrowLab, Communitech, Ryerson University Digital Media Zone, JOLT, FounderFuel, Extreme Startups and TheNext36 as well as those affiliated with the Ontario Network of Excellence.