Wednesday, February 2, 2011

IBM to Build Largest Cloud Data Center in Asia

IBM announced on Tuesday it is collaborating with China-based Range Technology Development to build a cloud computing data center in Langfang City in Hebei province.

The 6.2 million square foot data center will be the largest cloud computing center in Asia, says IBM.

"This new facility will leverage IBM's data center innovation and resources to provide a cost-effective solution while providing the flexibility to meet the unpredictable changes in IT demand -- whether it is from changes in IT technology or new business models such as cloud computing," says Steven Sams, vice president of IBM site and facilities services.

IBM expects the facility to help companies across China with enterprise-wide strategic outsourcing services, business continuity and disaster recovery as well as advanced capabilities in cloud computing.

Expected to be completed in 2016, the data center will also support Langfang City's development and professional website hosting for smarter transportation, e-government services and administration systems, as well as host health care projects.

According to statistics from International Data Corporation, the market for China's data centers was valued at $667.1 million in 2009 and is projected to grow an additional $1.9 billion over the next five years.

IBM has been active in the cloud based data center space around the world, including its recently LEED Gold certified data center in Raleigh, North Carolina.

The company has also opened several cloud computing centers throughout Asia, including Seoul, Hanoi, Toyko, and Beijing.

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