IBM Connects Second SoftLayer Data Centre In The Netherlands

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IBM’s cloud data centre near Amsterdam will expand its SoftLayer hybrid cloud operations in the European region

IBM has opened its second cloud data centre in Holland today, effectively doubling its SoftLayer capacity in the region.

Located close to Amsterdam, the facility will help IBM sustain its SoftLayer high in Europe, as the company ramps up its hybrid cloud transformation.

The Almere-based data centre will be hooked up to all the firm’s other SoftLayer data centres around the world. IBM Cloud operates SoftLayer facilities in North and South America, Asia, Australia, and Europe, including data centres in the greater London area, Paris, Frankfurt, and an existing data centre in Amsterdam.

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IBMIBM cloud general manager James Comfort said that the opening demonstrates the support and demand for IBM’s services.

“We’re reaching customers in a way that takes all the guess work out of moving to the cloud,” he said. “They can build and scale applications, run the toughest big data workloads, have the level of security they need, all in country and connected to a truly global platform.”

IBM has opened 13 new SoftLayer data centres around the world over the last ten months, and has plans for additional locations by the end of 2015.

However this week, IBM’s quarterly results showed the company is still struggling with revenues in its cloud transformation. Big Blue reported revenues of £13.2 billion for the the first quarter of its fiscal year, down 12 percent.

The results mark IBM’s twelfth consecutive revenue decline, with net income from the first quarter of 2015 down five percent to $2.4 billion (£1.6bn).

CEO Ginni Rometty said that the underwhelming results are due to the change going on at IBM: “Our focus on higher value through portfolio transformation and investment in key areas of the business drove continued margin expansion.”

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