IBM Investing $360M in Cloud Computing Center

From eWeek: The newest IBM cloud computing center will be located at IBM's Research Triangle Park facility in North Carolina and will allow IBM to offer a cloud computing infrastructure and services to customers.

IBM is investing $360 million to build a new cloud computing center in North Carolina that promises to deliver cloud services and infrastructure to a new range of customers.

The Aug. 1 announcement comes on the same day that IBM plans to officially open a cloud computing facility in Tokyo that will offer cloud services to businesses, universities and government institutions in Japan. The proposed center in North Carolina, which will be built at IBM's Research Triangle Park facility near Raleigh, will officially open in the fourth quarter of 2009.

The $360 million IBM investment capped an interesting few days in the emerging cloud computing race. Hewlett-Packard, Intel and Yahoo, along with group of academic institutions, announced a partnership July 29 that will create six research centers to experiment with the types of hardware, software and data center management needed to create cloud infrastructures.

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