It’s the first IBM cloud computing laboratory in Hong Kong. The new facility will provide a global hub for Web-based messaging services to support IBM’s LotusLive cloud service portfolio, which offers company-to-company social networking and online collaboration tools.
In a similar move, Platform Computing, a company offering grid and cloud computing software, has planned to open a Cloud Innovation Centre (CIC) in Singapore. It aims to provide access to free cloud software, technical consultants, and training programs to Singapore-based companies.
Of late, Yahoo! has joined hands with top U.S. universities to advance cloud computing research. These universities will use Yahoo!’s cloud computing platform to conduct advanced research toward Internet-scale information, ranging from voting records to online news sources. In this initiative, University of California at Berkeley, Cornell University, and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst will join Carnegie Mellon University.
IBM has also announced the closing of the acquisition of Outblaze Limited’s messaging assets. Privately-held Outblaze operates online service platforms for the provision of secure, private-label email, collaboration, and social media services.
LotusLive.com is designed to help businesses by forming virtual communities in the cloud, connecting colleagues, partners, suppliers, and customers. The Outblaze asset purchase adds Web-based email to IBM’s portfolio of online collaboration tools. Subscribers will be able to provision email accounts and users can access their e-mail from any computer through any Web browser, says IBM.
The lab will be located in Hong Kong’s Cyberport complex, an information technology center developed to foster innovation within the Asia-Pacific region.
The new facility brings the number of IBM’s worldwide Cloud Labs to 10. IBM Cloud Labs, according to the company, provide a range of services including development of online services that take advantage of the economies of scale offered by cloud computing.