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IBM unveils cloud computing centre in India

Posted: 26 Sep 2008     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:cloud computing  emerging markets  Internet-based 

IBM Corp. has opened four new cloud computing centres in emerging markets. They are in Bangalore, India; Sao Paulo, Brazil; Seoul, Korea; and Hanoi, Vietnam; areas where there are increasing demand for Internet-based computing models and skills to help companies compete in highly competitive environments. With previously opened centres in both emerging and mature markets, IBM now has 13 cloud computing centres, the world's largest network of expertise on cloud computing, claims the company.

IBM says that cloud computing allows businesses and consumers alike to remotely access a vast computing resource that can be tapped on-demand to deliver next-generation services that consumers demand, like online medical records or mobile stock portfolio management. It also improves energy efficiency because of its principle as a shared infrastructure, and allows organisations to better track information, pay for what they use and access more computing, storage, services or applications on demand.

For nearly a year, IBM has been building cloud computing infrastructures for clients around the world and establishing cloud projects in IBM cloud computing environments. The centres are available for clients across multiple industries such as banking, telecommunications, government, education, and hosting services.

In India, clients such as mid-market vendors, universities, telecommunications companies and government bodies will be able to access the centre for the resources they need to pilot cloud infrastructures and applications, and deliver new services to their customers. In Vietnam, universities, government ministries and telecommunication vendors are leaders in adopting new technology such as cloud computing, which helps to create new services. In Korea, the new centre will provide architecture skills and pilot projects for industries such as banking, telecommunications, government, education, and information technology hosting services. Clients in Brazil will use the new centre to generate business such as massive scale collaboration programmes.

"Cloud computing enables server-centric virtualisation, which helps the IT ecosystem to achieve a smaller footprint, efficient resource utilisation and server consolidation," said Professor Sanjay G. Dhande, Director, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur. "Enterprises are looking at alternate ways to support their dramatically increasing computing needs, one that will allow for massive scalability while providing an energy efficient and resilient infrastructure. Technology collaboration between IIT Kanpur and IBM India will drive new developments in computing to support academic advancement and economic development in India."

IBM has dedicated more than 200 full-time researchers and has announced Rs.430.11 crore ($100 million) investment in cloud computing. A global leader of massive-scale computing initiatives, IBM offers BlueCloud, a set of hardware, software and services.

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