The two companies have announced a collaboration that will see them host each other’s technology, recognising that most customers operate in a hybrid cloud environment.
The new centre already has Monitise on board as its first customer and is able to provide disaster recovery at the drop of a hat with support at all hours of the day and week.
Big Blue has announced that SoftLayer will be the first cloud platform to offer customers bare metal service that provides monitoring and security down to the microchip level.
The move is in response to a thirst for a lower level of commitment among its customers and each server can be deployed at any worldwide data centre in less than half-an-hour.
The new option for SoftLayer bare metal server customers is geared towards those engaged in computational intensive activities in the energy industry and companies using big data apps.
The IBM Global Business Services partnership combines the expertise of IBM in the financial and retail sectors, and Monitise’s experience in the mobile payments space.
The facility has capacity for some 15,000 physical servers and comes as part of a global investment in cloud infrastructure that will reach $1.2 billion [£710 million].
It is built on SoftLayer technology and allows companies to use big data capabilities that are needed in this new age of huge amounts of data.
The move is part of a $1.2 billion global cloud investment program announced at the start of the year, which will see 15 new data centres pop up worldwide.
The likes of Bay Area Rapid Transit and GE Capital are among those using the PaaS solution and various improvements have been made to DevOps and Bluemix.