IBM is opening a cloud data center with SoftLayer in Frankfurt, Germany. The Frankfurt facility will be part of SoftLayer’s global network, and offers 10Gbps connections to SoftLayer services, with only 7 milliseconds of latency from SoftLayer’s Amsterdam facility and less than 330 milliseconds of latency from other SoftLayer cloud data centers around the world.

IBM has signed a multi-year services agreement with Thomson Reuters to provide IT services to its employees globally. The company will help Thomson Reuters deliver internal-facing IT support services, says IBM, that will let its increasingly mobile workforce use enterprise technology resources.