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IBM extends the cloud

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IBM has announced a massive expansion of its cloud computing capabilities, spending hundreds of millions of dollars to create two ultra-sophisticated delivery centres that will power the cloud-like computing model that the next era of computing will demand.

The computer giant will spend $360-million to build its most sophisticated, state-of-the-art data center at its facility in Research Triangle Park (RTP), North Carolina.
Built from the ground-up with IBM's New Enterprise Data Center design principles, the centre will provide businesses unparalleled access to immense pools of Internet-scale computing technology capable of supporting cloud environments.
This new data centre is a key component in IBM's Project Big Green initiative to dramatically increase energy efficiency in the data center as companies balance escalating energy costs with the requirement to handle a rapidly rising amount of data.
IBM plans to install high density computing systems using virtualisation technology, which reduces energy costs by running multiple software applications on the same servers.
The center's mechanical system design is 50% more efficient than the industry average, equaling a reduction of about 31 799 tons of carbon dioxide emissions a year.
IBM's new cloud computing center in Tokyo, Japan will provide large enterprise customers, universities and government agencies immediate access to experts who can help them deploy cloud computing environments.
The centre is significant because it is the first client-facing centre in a market as mature as Japan. In established markets like Japan and the US, many organisations have extensive, mature technology infrastructures that in many cases have become complex and inflexible over years of adding and subtracting pieces.
Cloud computing gives organisations the opportunity to remotely access a vast network of computers that can be tapped on-demand to deliver the kinds of services that consumers will insist upon.
The Tokyo cloud centre will be linked to the new Raleigh center and IBM's seven other cloud centres throughout the world, to help clients pilot cloud infrastructures and applications globally.
The first cloud computing centre was opened in Dublin, Ireland and followed by centres in Johannesburg and Beijing, China.