IBM Supplies Cloud System for Chinese City

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2009-09-24 Print this article Print

IBM's CloudBurst software and services package will be used by the local government of Dongying, China, to access software development and test resources for software startup companies via a self-service Web interface, IBM says. The cloud later will be used as a platform for e-government services and eco-friendly oil cultivation R&D.

IBM in a joint announcement Sept. 24 with the local government of Dongying, China, introduced a project under the banner of its Smarter Planet initiative that will make use of cloud computing in an effort to improve economic development in the region.

The municipality of Dongying will deploy IBM's new CloudBurst software and services package to run the region's planned Yellow River Delta Cloud Computing Center.

The cloud system will provide software development and test resources for software startup companies via a self-service Web interface, IBM said. In addition, the cloud later will be expanded to become a government services platform for the Dongying economic development zone as well as an R&D platform for eco-friendly oil cultivation. 

Dongying is home to China's second-largest oil field and has relied on manufacturing and oil production as staples of its economy for generations. The city wants to use the CloudBurst system to promote e-government and to support the city's transition from an industrial to a services-based economy, IBM said.

"The national policy to develop the Yellow River Delta marks new opportunities for Dongying, and meanwhile raises newer and higher requirements on informationalization," Li Jinkun, vice mayor of Dongying, said at a news conference.

"The Smarter City initiative proposed by IBM is the blueprint of a new city that we are trying to develop and keep improving. Dongying expects to become a real 'City of Digital Innovation' with the help of IBM Cloud Computing," Jinkun said.

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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