IBM, China's Range to Build Asia's Largest Cloud Storage Center

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2011-01-24 Print this article Print

In a new partnership with Chinese Range Technology Development and the Hebei provincial bureau of industry, IBM will build the largest, most advanced cloud-enabled data storage center in China.

In March 2010, IBM announced that it would begin investing big time in selling and building cloud computing systems in China.

On Jan. 24, the huge American IT company made good on at least part of the promise by announcing that it will partner with Chinese Range Technology Development and the Hebei provincial bureau of industry and information to build the largest, most advanced cloud-enabled data storage center in China.

Construction on the new 330,000-square-foot enterprise-level cloud computing center in Langfang, Hebei Province, will begin in several weeks. When it is completed in 2016, it will become the largest cloud storage industry base in Asia, IBM said.

Zhou Chaonan, chairman of Range Technology, said at a news conference that the cooperation "will help the center to possess the ability to provide optimized information service outsourcing, business procedure outsourcing and disaster recovery service ability, and squeeze into global leaders in cloud storage and mobile device management."

IBM Vice President Steven Sams told conference attendees that the data center has long been the core of IBM's enterprise systems.

A recent IDC report indicated that the size of the data center service market in China-which was about $667.1 million in 2009-is expected to grow to more than $1.9 billion by 2016.

Last year, IBM set up an energy and public utility solution center in Beijing.

IBM already has a network of 10 such cloud-enabled data centers on six continents, connected in a grid, that comprises the company's own enterprise cloud system. It uses the system internally and also markets the computing power as a service to various customers.

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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