IBM announces largest data centre in Asia -

IBM has announced that it will build an enterprise-class cloud computing data centre which will be the largest in Asia once completed.

In collaboration with Chinese network services provider, Range Technology, IBM will support the development of the Hebei Province as a high end information technology and services based economy, with construction expected to be completed in 2016.

According to IDC figures the market for China’s data centre services reached $667.1 million in 2009, though this is expected to rise to $1.9 billion in the next five years.

It is thought that the collaboration between the two firms will help Chinese companies with strategic outsourcing, business continuity and disaster recovery services, as well as cloud computing storage and mobile device management.

It is said that the site will measure more that  6.2 million square feet, and will be constructed Langfang city.

"The data center offers the world-class infrastructure capabilities and advanced network based services to support the business growth of our clients," said Madam Zhou Chaonan, chairwoman of Range Technology.

"This initiative plays a critical role in the economic development of China in light of the pressing demand for managed hosting in the areas of cloud computing and mobile devices."

The centre will be used to support Langfang City's development and hosting for smarter transportation, e-government services and administration systems.

"Data centers have always been a critical part of IBM's heritage as we own or manage over 8 million square feet of data centers for our clients. We have also designed and built over 30 million square feet for clients on a global basis," said Steven Sams, vice president, IBM Site and Facilities Services.

"This new facility will leverage IBM's data center innovation and resources to provide a cost-effective solution while providing the flexibility to meet the unpredictable changes in IT demand – whether it is from changes in IT technology or new business models such as cloud computing."