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    IBM Plans to Build the Largest Data Center in Asia

    Feb 15, 2011
    IBM is planning to build a cloud computing data center in China, which it claims will be the largest in Asia by floor space. According to an article in the Information Age, the data center will be built in the Hubei Province and will provide cloud computing services to business and government agencies. The agreement to build the data center was finalized during Chinese Premier Hu Jintao’s state visit to the United States in January 2011. The project is set to be completed in 2016.

    IBM is planning to build a cloud computing data center in China, which it claims will be the largest in Asia by floor space. According to an article in the Information Age, the data center will be built in the Hubei Province and will provide cloud computing services to business and government agencies. The agreement to build the data center was finalized during Chinese Premier Hu Jintao’s state visit to the United States in January 2011. The project is set to be completed in 2016.

    "The data centre offers the world-class infrastructure capabilities and advanced network based services to support the business growth of our clients," said Zhou Chaonan, chairman of Range Technology Development, in a statement. "This initiative plays a critical role in the economic development of China in light of the pressing demand for managed hosting in the areas of cloud computing and mobile devices."

    According to the article, the facility is expected to be 620,000 square meters when completed, and Big Blue is set to collaborate with Range Technology in the development of the facility. IBM has stated that the cloud support is to include disaster recovery, storage, and mobile device management.  

    The Wall Street Journal reported that the data center is anticipated to generate approximately $200 million in contract revenue for IBM over the next five years. The Information Age article stated that figures published by IT research group IDC valued the market for data center services in China at $667.1 million in 2009. This is forecast to grow by a further $1.9 billion over the next five years.

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