IBM will establish the first Cloud Computing Center for software companies in China, to be situated at the Wuxi Tai Hu New Town Science and Education Industrial Park in Wuxi, China. The center will let emerging Chinese software companies tap into a virtual computing environment to support their development activities.
The China Cloud Computing Center will be a shared facility providing each software company in the park with its own virtualized computing resource. For example, a company will be able to use the allocated resource for designing, developing and testing its software products. Such virtual environments can replace the traditional data center model, in which each company owns and manages its own hardware and software.
Cloud computing is an infrastructure approach in which large pools of systems are linked together to provide IT services. Cloud computing lets data centers operate more like the Internet by enabling computing resources to be accessed and shared as virtual resources in a secure and scalable manner. The center will be built using IBM's "Blue Cloud" technologies, a series of cloud computing offerings based on open standards and open source software which link together computers to deliver Web 2.0 capabilities such as mashups, open collaboration, social networking and mobile commerce.
Companies in the park will be able to access these common services provided by the center at any time, just as they use utilities and other shared services. The technologies being offered to the community include:
- IBM Rational software development tools
- WebSphere Application Server software
- DB2 database software running on IBM System x, System p, and BladeCenter servers.
IBM Tivoli systems management software will manage the cloud computing environment.
Wuxi is classified as an investment zone by the Chinese government and has been named a "National Model City of Science and Technology Advancement" for five consecutive years.
"The China Cloud Computing Center represents a milestone in service-oriented computing," said T. W. Liu, the chairman and CEO of iSoftStone. "It will allow companies in the Wuxi Software Park to leapfrog to the newest computing models and will provide an efficient IT platform for software development."
There are currently more than 3200 IBM engineers and scientists employed by IBM labs in Beijing and Shanghai. Engineers from the High Performance on Demand Solutions (HiPODS) team in IBM China will work with their colleagues in the IBM Silicon Valley Laboratory to establish the center.