IBM Gets Cloud Computer Fever

Chicago (IL) - IBM, on the heels of an announcement earlier this week by HP, Intel and Yahoo to build a huge cloud computing playground for researchers, reached deeper into its pockets to invest in new cloud computing centers in the United States and Japan. How deep, you ask? $400 million.

The company plans to spend the bulk of that money on a new cloud computing data center in the Research Triangle Park area of North Carolina. Big Blue says this facility will be developing using its own data center design principles and that it "will provide businesses unparalleled access to immense pools of Internet-scale computing technology capable of supporting cloud environments." Plans are also in the works to make this center extremely eco-friendly, including renovating an existing IBM building and using virtualization technology to run multiple software applications on the same servers.

The other center being built is in Tokyo. It will be there to provide large organizations "immediate access to experts who can help them deploy cloud computing environments." IBM feels this center will be significant because it is the first client facing center in a market such as Tokyo, meaning it will offer well established enterprises greater flexibility in developing new kinds of services requiring a network of computers to help create.

Other cloud centers IBM has worked on include Europe’s first Cloud Computing Center in Dublin, Ireland in March and two more centers in Beijing, China and Johannesburg, South Africa in June.

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  • Ryun
    As much as I hate to say it, with laptops becoming more powerful and less expensive, PC gaming not nearly as viable as it was years ago, and cloud computing just around the proverbial corner I think the days of the traditional desktop are coming to a close.
  • kman7607
    I think the enthusiast community may have something to say if that indeed does become true. Laptops lack upgradeable parts and other features that make tinkering with PCs so much fun. I don't think the desktop will ever go away but they are definitely going to be hurting if this trend continues.
  • jaragon13
    Really? You have to compare prices,I could literally get a 3/1 ratio for saving,when's the last time you saw a quad core laptop computer? Of course,both will recieve upgrades over time,but still,think about it in a logical way.Also,when's the last time your SLI laptop ran for over an hour?