A new local SoftLayer data centre solves data residency issues and drives better business performance

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Cloud is here —from reducing hardware and software expenditures and time-to-market, to provisioning and managing critical services such as storage and computing platforms, cloud computing is helping organizations around the world realize their full potential and achieve quantifiable benefits and competitive advantages over their competition.

However, for many organizations — including government, financial institutions, and cloud providers — data residency is a critical issue and cloud solution have remained a questionable option. For instance, some federal government departments refuse to allow Canadian cloud providers to store personal data of Canadian citizens outside the country.

Now Canadian enterprises have a solution. In August of this year, IBM opened its first SoftLayer data centre in Toronto to meet the demands of Canadian customers seeking cloud and hybrid solutions that give them the assurance that their sensitive data remains inside Canadian borders or within whatever global borders they choose. The Toronto data centre is part of IBM’s $1.2 billion investment aimed at extending its cloud services capabilities in Canada and throughout the world.

There are currently some 1,200 Canadian SoftLayer customers globally —utilizing IBM’s all-in-one offering of bare metal and virtual servers, storage and networking services. Together with use of the IBM Cloud, these organizations achieve greater transparency for audits. What’s more, data residency is defined by the client.

IBM is hosting two events that celebrate the launch of SoftLayer in Canada and to provide organizations a clearer picture on how cloud computing can benefit their business. Hear from subject matter experts in Ottawa and learn about the latest developments in cloud-as-a-service capabilities in Canada. Learn more below:

Ottawa – September 23, 2014 (4:30 – 7:00 pm) – Fairmont Château Laurier


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