IBM has announced that its new IBM Cloud Services data centres are set to kick off, with the first centre to open in Dallas later this month – followed by another companion centre in Ashburn, Virginia, later in the year.
These, and the data centres that follow, will provide SoftLayer cloud IaaS which meets US Federal Risk and Authorisation Management Program and Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) requirements.
The move is part of a $1.2 billion (£710 million) worldwide cloud investment program announced back in January, which will see IBM build 15 new data centres across five continents to bring the firms total number to 40 by the close of 2014.
The SoftLayer data centres, aimed at the enterprise and government agencies, will host some 30,000 servers initially, offering access to a secure private network with 2,000 gigabytes per second of connectivity.
IBM is also implementing a dedicated Security Operations Centre for these new data centres, to ensure that government clients are reassured with additional security measures and incident response capabilities.
Anne Altman, General Manager, US Federal at IBM, commented: "Government clients will find SoftLayer services delivered via these new centres give them the ideal platform for the mission critical workloads they are moving to the cloud, or new web-centric workloads."
"We've designed these centres with government clients' needs in mind, investing in added security features and redundancies to provide a high level of availability. With business partners enabled to deliver cloud solutions via the new SoftLayer centres for the Federal government, we are fostering an ecosystem of innovation."