IBM doubles up on cloud in Oz

IBM has opened its second SoftLayer cloud centre in Australia, adding Sydney in addition to Melbourne in meet market demand. The new Sydney facility broadens data redundancy options within Australia and APAC while providing infrastructure solutions for both enterprise and Web businesses.

“Two of ChannelPace’s key priorities are global reach and scalability,” said ChannelPace CEO Greg Furlong, a crowd-sourced contact management system for the business-to-business world.
“IBM Cloud’s growing number of SoftLayer data centres—all connected via SoftLayer’s global network—make it easy for us to expand and grow our business. With the Melbourne data centre and new Sydney data centre, we have the option of data redundancy right here in our backyard.”

As part of Catalyst, SoftLayer’s startup accelerator program, ChannelPace launched its company out of stealth mode and expanded its business into 56 countries on the SoftLayer platform.

New Zealand-based customer Grinding Gear Games hosts the online action RPG “Path of Exile” in five IBM Cloud centres worldwide. For Grinding Gear Games, the broadening of the SoftLayer global network means eliminating latency and providing a reliable and enjoyable experience for end users.

“Extremely fast provisioning times and the ability to automate such provisioning allow us to treat SoftLayer’s bare metal servers like virtual servers so that we can scale up rapidly when player numbers increase,” said Chris Wilson, managing director, Grinding Gear Games, an independent video game development studio.

“SoftLayer’s free and reliable back-end connection between data centres is critical to the stable operation of our game service. As IBM Cloud expands its SoftLayer services to more countries globally, we'll also be expanding the breadth of ‘Path of Exile,’ simply by hosting servers in each new data centre.”

The Sydney cloud centre offers bare metal servers, virtual servers, storage, security services, and networking.