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IBM Opens Cloud Computing Lab

IBM opened a cloud computing laboratory in Hong Kong Thursday to support LotusLive cloud services

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IBM opened a cloud computing laboratory in Hong Kong Thursday to support LotusLive cloud services.

It says it want to develop LotusLive public cloud collaboration services that are secure enough for the enterprise as well as hybrid solutions.

The Hong Kong team, built on the e-mail technology and skills of Outblaze Limited, a Hong Kong company whose messaging assets were acquired by IBM earlier this year and incorporated into the Lotus brand, is supposed to drive best practices for its cloud messaging.

IBM claims the LotusLive widgetry, which includes e-mail, instant messaging, file-sharing, web meetings and project management, collected 18 million client seats its first year. Pricing starts at $3 a user a month.

The facility is IBM's tenth cloud lab and the first site of its kind of any major consequence in Hong Kong.

IBM reckons the global cloud computing market should grow at a compounded annual rate of 28% from $47 billion in 2008 to $126 billion by 2012.

The company also broke ground on a $58 million state-of-the-art Reliability Level 3+ data center in New Zealand that's supposed to support clients' mission-critical applications and operations. It will be cloud-enabled so IBM can deliver cloud capabilities to local customers.

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