Earlier this year, IBM’s SoftLayer division announced that it would spend over $1.2 billion to expand its global cloud footprint, with plans to deliver cloud services from 40 data centres worldwide in 15 countries and five continents by the end of the year. The development of this project will see data centres open in China, Washington D.C., Hong Kong, Japan, Canada, Mexico City, India, and Dallas.

Among the latest openings, V3 reported earlier today that London is set to open its datacentre in July. The new facility will have capacity for more than 15,000 physical servers and will offer the full range of SoftLayer services, including bare metal servers, virtual servers, storage and networking.

“London has the headquarters of about a third of the biggest companies around the world, so it is obviously very fertile ground for many enterprise businesses, but this is part of our overall $1.2bn expansion, so we’re not just building out here in London, it’s around the globe.”

The global cloud market is set to grow to $200 billion by 2020, according to some estimates, and IBM look to be establishing themselves as key providers of cloud services early on. According to Doug Clark, IBM’s Cloud Leader for UK and Ireland, enterprises moving to the cloud are seeing incredible advantages over their competitors.

“The enterprises that are really getting cloud computing, the ones that are leading the pace, they are seeing twice the revenue performance compared to the rest of the pack, so they are disappearing off into the sunset. They’re getting a competitive advantage and they are reducing TCO from it,” he said.

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