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Sep 25 2008   1:44PM GMT

IBM opens four new cloud-computing centers

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IBM has opened four new cloud-computing centers in Sao Paulo, Brazil; Bangalore, India; Seoul, Korea; and Hanoi, Vietnam, where there is increasing demand for Internet-based computing models.

IBM now has 13 cloud-computing centers and has dedicated more than 200 full-time researchers and $100 million to cloud computing ventures.

The benefit of cloud computing is that it gives users remote access to computing resources such as servers, storage, services and applications on demand without additional investment in new hardware.

For nearly a year, IBM has built cloud-computing infrastructures and established cloud projects in IBM cloud-computing environments.

According to IBM, in Korea, the new center will provide architecture skills and pilot projects for industries such as banking, telecommunications, government, education and IT hosting services. In India, clients such as midmarket providers, universities, telecommunications companies and government bodies will be able to access the center’s resources for pilot cloud infrastructures and applications and deliver new services to their customers.

Among the first customers to use the new centers is the Association for Promotion of Brazilian Software Excellence (Softex), which will conduct Concerto de IDÉIAS, an on-line event to collect ideas for the 2009-2010 strategic plan for Brazil’s software industry. Earlier this year, IBM established Europe’s first cloud-computing center in Dublin, Ireland, a center in Beijing, China; one in Johannesburg, South Africa; one in Tokyo, Japan and one in Raleigh, N.C. Over the past year, IBM has provided cloud-computing services to clients such as Wuxi City in China; Sogeti, the Local Professional Services Division of Capgemini; the Vietnamese government institutions and universities; iTricity, a utility-based hosting service provider headquartered in the Netherlands; and the University of Pretoria in South Africa.

Several other companies have invested in the advancement of cloud computing, including Amazon (EC2), Hewlett-Packard, Intel, Yahoo, and VMware.

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