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February 4, 2010

IBM opens new data centre in North Carolina

To support new compute models such as cloud computing

By CBR Staff Writer

IBM has opened a new data centre designed to support new compute models such as cloud computing,  to help clients operate smarter businesses, organisations and cities.

IBM said that the new data centre will ultimately total 100,000 square feet at its research triangle park campus and is part of a $362m investment by the company to build the new data centre in North Carolina.

The data centre uses advanced software virtualisation technologies that enable access to information and services from any device. The facility conserves energy resources by saving cost and speeding services deployment through a smart management approach that links equipment, building systems and data centre operations, the company claims.

According to IBM, the attributes of the new data centre include smarter data centre management with thousands of sensors, connecting IT equipment, data centre and building automation systems; free cooling using the outside air to cool the data centre; and hosts smart business cloud computing offerings.

In addition, the design/build method called IBM Enterprise Modular Data Center (IBM EMDC) enables the company to scale capacity to meet demand by adding future space, power and cooling to the data centre.

Pat Kerin, general manager of IBM North America, said: “Data centers have always been a critical part of IBM ‘s global technology services- and they will be even more important as the processes, infrastructure, and systems that define business today become increasingly connected and intelligent.

“This new facility not only sets new standards for energy efficiency, but provides the flexible capacity that allows IBM to deliver services that enable clients to reduce costs, improve productivity, and gain competitive advantage in their markets.”

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