IBM opens Cloud Computing Centre in B'lore

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Bangalore, Sep 24 (UNI) The IBM today opened a Cloud Computing Centre here to enable businesses and consumers to remotely access computers over the internet to access services.

The centre would help provide immediate access to resources to pilot cloud infrastructure and applications to enterprise customers including mid-market, universities and government bodies in the country.

A release here said it will also deliver new and innovative services to the customers. It joins other new Cloud Computing Centres opened today in Korea, Vietnam and Brazil.

These centres will cater to the increasing demand in emerging markets such as India for internet-based new computing models and skills.

IBM is already collaborating with partners, government and academia in other emerging countries to facilitate innovation supported by a cloud infrastructure.

In his address, IIT Kanpur Director Sanjay G Dhande said ''cloud computing enables server-centric virtualisation which helps IT ecosystem to achieve smaller footprint, efficient resource utilisation and server consolidation.'' Technology collaboration between IIT Kanpur and IBM India will drive new developments in computing to support academic advancement and economic development in the country he added.

India Software Lab Vice President Ponani Gopalakrishnan said ''the convergence of personally empowering technologies into the hands of the consumer is fundamentally changing consumer behaviour and expectations.

Cloud computing offers an answer for many of these needs and allows an organisation to further reduce costs through improved utilisation, reduced administration and infrastructure costs, and faster deployment cycles, Mr Gopalkrishnan said.

IBM has dedicated more than 200 full-time researchers and over 100 million dollars over three years in cloud computing.

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