IBM to Build LotusLive Cloud Computing Lab in Hong Kong
IBM is establishing a LotusLive cloud computing laboratory in Hong Kong. IBM has also closed its acquisition of Outblaze's messaging assets.IBM announced April 16 it is establishing a cloud computing laboratory in Hong Kong. "The new facility will provide a global hub for Web-based messaging services to support IBM's emerging LotusLive cloud service portfolio, which offers affordable, company-to-company social networking and online collaboration tools," the company said in a news release.
IBM also announced April 16 that it has closed its acquisition of Outblaze's messaging assets. IBM said in a release, "Privately held Outblaze operates one of the largest online service platforms for the provision of secure, private-label e-mail, collaboration and social media services to other service providers, telecommunications operators, corporations, academia, media and publishing companies. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed."
With more than 10 years of experience delivering messaging solutions, Outblaze was one of the first companies to offer a fully hosted, multilingual e-mail service. Today Outblaze offers services in 22 languages and has more than 40 million users under management. While Outblaze has customers and employees worldwide, it brings unique experience serving high-growth Asian markets including China, India and Singapore. LotusLive.com is designed to help businesses work smarter by forming virtual communities in the cloud, connecting colleagues, partners, suppliers and customers from within and beyond their own firewalls. The Outblaze asset purchase adds Web-based e-mail to IBM's expanding portfolio of online collaboration tools. Subscribers will be able to instantly provision e-mail accounts and users can access their e-mail from any computer through any Web browser."It all started about a year and a half ago with our acquisition of WebDialogs, which was our first entry into the world of software as a service or cloud computing," Brendan Crotty, program director for IBM Online Collaboration Services, told eWEEK. IBM acquired WebDialogs in August of 2007. "After that we took a core set of services from the Lotus portfolio and delivered them as a set of services and put that into an open beta and released it at Lotusphere" in 2008, Crotty said. That beta, then known as "Bluehouse," is what later became LotusLive. So, with the Outblaze deal, IBM gains a new Web mail product to offer through its LotusLive cloud-based social networking and collaboration platform. IBM also gains millions of new customers for LotusLive. In addition, IBM gets a new facility in Hong Kong for future cloud software development and hosting. And the deal will help lower the cost of LotusLive for end users. These new software services will start at approximately $10 per user per month as IBM puts much of its software online via the cloud at affordable prices to win business and support smarter ways to work in the current economy.