On behalf of Technology Minister Gordon Rich-Phillips, Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier Craig Ondarchie MP announced today that IBM Australia will invest up to $100 million in a new data centre using state-of-the-art SoftLayer cloud computing technology at Deer Park in Melbourne.
SoftLayer, an IBM Company, operates a global cloud infrastructure platform built for internet scale. With 100,000 devices under management and a global footprint of network points of presence, SoftLayer s customers range from web start-ups to global enterprises.
Mr Ondarchie said IBM selected Melbourne for Australia s core SoftLayer facility, which will launch in September.
IBM and the Victorian Government have enjoyed a long-standing and valued collaboration that has led to the IBM Ballarat Delivery Centre, the IBM Australian Research Laboratory and the Victorian Life Science Computational Initiative, to name a few, Mr Ondarchie said.
IBM is now investing US$1.2 billion to add 15 new SoftLayer centres around the world to significantly expand its global cloud footprint.
IBM s expansion in Victoria is the latest in a string of recent technology investments in the state since the beginning of 2014. These include India s Dexler, Infotech and Servion Global Solutions and US companies Hightail, TinTri and Equinix all announcing major new multi-million dollar ICT operations in Victoria that will create more high-skilled jobs.
Since November 2010, the Victorian Coalition Government has helped facilitate over $1 billion in new technology-related investment and 4,700 jobs.