When IBM opened its first Australian SoftLayer data centre in Melbourne last year, it promised a second Sydney centre would be open by the end of the year. A few months behind schedule, the Sydney site is now live.
The launch of a second site allows IBM to offer redundant failovers and disaster recovery capacity without having to use an offshore server, which creates both latency problems and can stir up issues around data sovereignty. IBM had originally suggested that the Sydney site would launch within 60 days of the Melbourne service. As ever, it's hard to predict just how long major IT projects will take.