IBM Invests Nearly $400 Million on Cloud Computing Centers in U.S. and Japan

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TOKYO and RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC - 01 Aug 2008: IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced a massive expansion of its cloud computing capabilities, spending hundreds of millions of dollars to create two ultra-sophisticated delivery centers that will power the cloud-like computing model that the next era of computing will demand.

Revolutionary Data Center in North Carolina

Cloud Computing Center in Tokyo

These two new IBM centers are the manufacturing plants of services and information delivery of the future. In addition to these centers, IBM offers a number of solutions to help clients deliver cloud-enabled services to their customers -- an initiative dubbed Blue Cloud. Built on IBM's expertise in leading massive-scale computing initiatives, Blue Cloud is a set of hardware, software and services that allows IBM clients to offer personal and business services from remote, centralized servers, the "cloud," that share computing resources and bandwidth -- to any device, anywhere.

With more than 200 full-time researchers and more than $100 million invested in cloud computing over the next three years, the new centers in North Carolina and Tokyo will be key hubs in IBM's effort to enable immediate access to the Cloud.

Executive Quotes
"Cloud computing is fundamentally about re-engineering the world's computing infrastructure, to enable game-changing -- even life-changing -- applications," said Willy Chiu, Vice President, IBM High Performance On Demand Solutions. "To IBM, cloud computing is much more than the normal evolution of a data center."

"We consider cloud computing to be the model that can fundamentally change the current IT market structure and create paradigm shifts," said Yutaka Miyabe, director of system research and development center, NS Solutions Corporation. "To spread cloud computing in Japan, it is very meaningful that IBM has launched the first cloud computing center in Japan at this time. NS Solutions Research Center will actively use this center and advocate cloud computing."

"To develop high skilled human resources in the IT field, it is necessary to create the latest IT environment for the education space," said Hiroto Yasuura, dean of graduate school of information science and electrical engineering, Kyushu University. "Kyushu University is very interested in cloud computing technology, which can provide an on-demand IT environment to our students and teachers. We have been working with IBM, the pioneer of this field. Kyushu University will continue to take advantage of cloud computing technology more actively."

"This announcement further demonstrates IBM's commitment to our state and to our people," said North Carolina Governor Mike Easley. "I look forward to maintaining this partnership with IBM for years to come."

"This new data center in North Carolina is part of IBM's commitment to construct the world's most advanced data centers," said Bob Greenberg, general manager, IT Optimization, IBM. "This is the latest example of IBM's deep history of innovation in North Carolina. When we open for business in late 2009, the IBM data center in Research Triangle Park will be a strategic location for our outsourcing business for years to come. I'd like to thank the State of North Carolina, Durham County and Duke Energy for their outstanding support that helped make this project possible."

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