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      IBM Opens Cloud Computing Center in Canada

      Feb 08, 2011
      IBM opened its new cloud computing center, called IBM Compute Cloud Centre, in Canada on January 31. According to The DataCenter Journal article, the center is the first of its kind in Canada. IBM’s press release said the center will allow clients to develop, test, and host applications, but they will have to pay only for the computational power they use.

      IBM opened its new cloud computing center, called IBM Compute Cloud Centre, in Canada on January 31. According to The DataCenter Journal article, the center is the first of its kind in Canada. IBM’s press release said the center will allow clients to develop, test, and host applications, but they will have to pay only for the computational power they use.

      The DataCenter Journal article said that IBM wanted a presence in Canada because more and more companies are looking at mobile computing capabilities. Companies need efficient and cost-effective solutions, and the $42 million project will give access to greater, more cost-efficient mobile computing capabilities.

      “This is an innovation investment in Canada that will help Canadian businesses capture the promise of new computing models to drive productivity and increase competitiveness,” said Bruce Ross, president of IBM Canada. “IBM’s breadth of global expertise in cloud computing will provide Canadian organizations with an unparalleled level of service and reliability as they drive innovative business transformation.”

      According to the article, the International Data Corporation (IDC) forecasted that corporate spending on cloud computing will rise to more than 27% in the next four years. The growth is expected to drive Canadian firms to a path of business transformation and open a global market. IBM has clearly responded to the forecast. An article on ZNET said the new cloud computing center complements IBM’s existing network of 17 data centers across Canada.  

      Canadian IDC analyst Mark Schrutt commented in a review of the cloud market, “IBM’s global cloud footprint is impressive and is a critical component in addressing some of the technical issues around cloud such as latency. More importantly, at least for the Canadian market, IBM Smart Business Compute Cloud provides an in-country solution for buyers concerned about data residency.”

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