IBM is expanding its plans for creating new types of cloud computing infrastructures and data centers by opening four new facilities in Brazil, South Korea, India and Vietnam. The move combines IBM's drive to create a worldwide cloud computing infrastructure with its need to create more business in emerging market economies.
IBM is preparing to open
four new cloud computing centers
Korea and Vietnam,
which will give the IT giant a significant and fresh opportunity to sell its products
and services in emerging-market countries.
The four new cloud computing centers are in Sao Paulo,
South Korea; and Hanoi,
Vietnam. With the
addition of these four, which IBM announced
Sept. 24, IBM now has a total of 13
different cloud facilities around the globe, including data centers in Ireland,
South Africa, China and Japan.
The four new cloud computing centers represent more than IBM's
wish to be on the forefront of this new type of computing model. The move
marries IBM's cloud computing initiative
with its desire to expand its ability to sell hardware, software and services into
the emerging markets, especially as the
U.S. economy continues its uncertain course.
IBM announced its latest quarterly results in July,
the company reported
$15.1 billion in revenues from outside the United
States. IT companies such as IBM and
Hewlett-Packard have been boosting their bottom lines by turning more and more
of their focus on the overseas market, especially emerging markets such as
India, China and Brazil.
That is not to say that IBM is turning
away from the U.S.
market. In August, IBM
announced that it will invest $360 million to build a cloud computing facility
in North Carolina. IBM also has
an agreement with Google
to help develop new ways of delivering cloud computing services.
The whole notion of a cloud, or utility computing services, has been in the
news lately from a software and virtualization standpoint. At its VMworld
conference earlier in September, VMware
announced a new type of operating system called Virtual Datacenter OS or
While VMware did not say VDC-OS is exclusively for creating a
cloud, it does seem a way to better integrate virtualization with the data
center and allow for better allocation of computing resources and the
management of all the hardware, storage and networking in a cloud environment.
At the same time, Citrix
Systems is partnering with 3Tera
to help enhance the way cloud infrastructures are built and
used by their enterprise customers.
What IBM has done is put considerable
financial muscle and resources into building out its own cloud computing
facilities. To date, IBM has invested $100
million in its cloud research and has dedicated 200 workers to developing new
ways to think and create cloud infrastructures.
has also developed a package of services, software and hardware
these cloud facilities called Blue Cloud. With the Blue Cloud suite, IBM offers
a combination of x86-based hardware, Xen-based virtualization and its own Tivoli
management software. In April, IBM
added its iDataPlex server array,
which can be used for cloud facilities or
high-performance computing or can be placed into a mobile container.