Dutch Telecom and IT Giant KPN Launches Value-Added Cloud Services on the IBM Cloud


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AMSTERDAM - 03 Nov 2014: IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced that it will partner with one of the Netherland’s largest IT and telecommunications services providers, KPN, to extend its cloud services in the Dutch market. As of today, KPN will build its value-add cloud services on top of IBM´s flexible cloud infrastructure to provide its clients with privacy, security and control.

As a leading IT and telecommunications services provider, KPN delivers value added cloud services to over 1 million small, medium-sized, large and corporate businesses across the Netherlands. The company is investing in further developing its cloud-based services that evolve from current focus areas on the end-user to delivering services such as storage, back-up and computing power. KPN looked to SoftLayer, an IBM company to provide the infrastructure needed to improve its cloud-based platform offering. With new services on top of the IBM Cloud, KPN is planning to expand into new markets to offer new cloud-based software and business process to new and existing clients.

“Our clients are turning to cloud to improve speed and agility of their business, which are critical factors for success,” said Eelco Blok, CEO of KPN. “We were looking for a strong cloud partner that could offer our clients an easily accessible, flexible and secure cloud platform. IBM also has a broad set of services that allow us to build our current and future cloud portfolio on it.”

With data center capacity across the Netherlands, IBM will provide KPN and their end users cloud services that not only meet in-country data residency requirements, but will also offer them the a choice between three infrastructure-as-a-service delivery models: bare metal servers, single-tenant virtual machines and multi-tenant virtual machines. For each workload, KPN can configure and order a solution with physical or virtual servers that can deliver the required strong performance, security, scalability and manageability.

“KPN´s choice of selecting SoftLayer for the delivery of their infrastructure-as-a-service enables them to provide highly scalable services that can be rapidly deployed and that stay on the leading edge of innovative developments,” said Harry van Dorenmalen, general manager IBM Benelux. “With the IBM Cloud, KPN has an enterprise-ready cloud infrastructure that can expand to accommodate any workload, providing it with the flexibility that it needs to continue its in-country growth.”

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