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IBM opens cloud computing laboratory in Singapore

Helps businesses, government and research institutions design and adopt cloud technologies for growth

Singapore, 4 May, 2010 – IBM (NYSE: IBM (US)) today announced the opening of a cloud computing laboratory in Singapore to help businesses, government and research institutions and institutes of higher learning design, adopt and reap benefits of cloud technologies; for newer, faster, more efficient ways to compete and grow. The new lab housed at Changi Business Park is part of IBM’s expansion of its cloud computing capabilities around the world and puts Singapore and the ASEAN region on the world map as the eleventh cloud computing lab globally - joining the network of labs in Hong Kong, Ireland, Vietnam, China, South Africa, Japan, Brazil, India, Korea and the United States.

RADM(NS) Ronnie Tay, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) announced the launch of the new cloud lab at the Opening Ceremony of IDA’s flagship event CloudAsia 2010 held at the Singapore Management University today. With increasing focus on Cloud Computing technologies across Asia and the world, CloudAsia 2010 convenes researchers and practitioners in Grid and Cloud Computing, providing a platform for delegates from local and overseas academia, research institutes and laboratories, both in the public and industry sectors such as biomedical, digital media, physical sciences and manufacturing, to engage in active interchange of research ideas and experience.

RADM(NS) Ronnie Tay, CEO, IDA said, “IDA is pleased to collaborate with IBM in its Cloud Lab initiative. IDA sees cloud computing as the next important paradigm in computing that will help to sharpen the competitiveness of organisations and enterprises. We seek to develop a vibrant cloud computing ecosystem here and position Singapore as a centre for cloud computing services in the region and beyond.”

"IBM has been working with leading edge clients from around the world to adopt cloud computing in new and innovative ways," said Alan Ganek, Chief Technology Officer and Vice President of Strategy and Technology, Software Group, IBM, who was also present at the Opening Ceremony, "The Cloud Lab in Singapore will help IDA realise their iN2015 master plan and accelerate the adoption of cloud computing for all organisations to build a Smarter Singapore."

Through briefings, technology deployment and development sessions, the Singapore lab will work closely with businesses, government and research institutions and institutes of higher learning
to design and deploy their own cloud environments. The lab will help these clients deploy first-of-a-kind solutions that increase business responsiveness, lower IT operating and capital costs, provide an open and elastic IT environment, enable real-time data streams and information sharing, and provide globally available resources.

Specifically, the adoption of private, public or hybrid cloud environments can help organisations reduce IT management complexity and skill requirements; share resources among multiple applications; accelerate time to market; and support both existing and emerging, data-intensive workloads. A cross section of Singapore’s industries will benefit from cloud computing, where key industries such as banking, education, healthcare, government and telecommunications are likely to be early adopters.

“Investments such as IBM’s new Singapore-based Cloud Lab are critical in the still nascent Cloud Computing market, where both resources and support are needed to overcome the early skepticism, uncertainty and doubts that characterize this market,” said Michael Barnes, Vice President of Software Research at Springboard Research, a leading innovator in the IT Market Research industry.

According to its most recent report Cloud Computing in Asia Pacific – Market Evolution and Implications Cloud Computing will continue to drive further demand for Software–as–a–Service (SaaS) as well as further broadening the types of services available via the ondemand model. “We expect organisations across Asia Pacific to embrace Cloud Computing as a way to drive greater standardisation at the IT infrastructure level while simultaneously lowering the resources required to leverage technology solutions for business benefits,” Mr. Barnes added.

The Singapore lab will also serve as a gateway for businesses, government, research institutions and institutes of higher learning to access cloud infrastructure and technologies and benefit from the expertise of IBM's software, services, and research labs around the world.

Teresa Lim, Managing Director, IBM Singapore said, “Cloud computing is being acknowledged as a new computing model which can drive business transformation in a cost-effective manner. Due to the strong presence of many global enterprises in Singapore and the nation’s ranking as the second most networked country in the world according to the Global Information Technology Report, we see the Republic in a strong position to become the Global-Asia hub for cloud computing. With the IBM Cloud Lab in Singapore, we are excited to help organisations leverage cloud computing to drive sustainable business growth and contribute to Singapore's national agenda of becoming a cloud hub."

IBM has provided cloud computing services to clients across the globe such as PayPal, the City of Wuxi China, the City of Dongying China, Panasonic, SK Telecom, and Quang Trung Software City in Vietnam.

Earlier in March, PayPal announced that it was extending its global payments platform, PayPal X into the cloud. PayPal is working with the IBM Cloud Labs to allow its ecosystem of developers to not only innovate on the IBM cloud, but to quickly monetise new applications developed and made available via smart phones. "We want to provide a very simple way to make payments available on all platforms including mobile applications," said Osama Bedier, PayPal's vice president of platform and emerging technologies. "The IBM cloud provides a platform for developers to come together as a community, to create, develop and test new applications. We look forward to seeing the payments innovations our developers create through the IBM cloud and bringing the wallet into the cloud."

In January 2010, Panasonic Corporation, market and technology leader in consumer and industrial electronics, ushered in the cloud computing era by adopting collaboration services that allows its workforce to communicate and collaborate more efficiently with its global network of customers, partners and suppliers through a cloud-based community. This includes adopting Web conferencing, file sharing, instant messaging and project management.

In Korea, telecommunications company SK Telecom was the first private sector company to build a cloud computing environment in December 2009. The cloud environment provides developers with the necessary software and hardware to develop applications that will allow SK Telecom to enhance customer experience, offering up to 20 new services to their 24 million customers by the end of 2009, such as sports news feeds and a photo service.

In Singapore, the National Technological University (NTU) became the first to participate in the IBM Cloud Academy in November 2009 – a global forum for educators, researchers and IT personnel from the education industry to pursue cloud computing initiatives, develop skills and share best practices for reducing operating costs while improving quality and access to education. Through the Academy, NTU, along with 16 educational institutions worldwide, can create working groups on areas of interest to the education industry, “jam” on new innovations for clouds in education-related areas with developers, work jointly on technical projects across institutions, share research findings, and exchange new ideas for research.


For more information about IBM, visit www.ibm.com (US)cloud

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Brand and Communications Manager
IBM Singapore
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Lynette Cheng (Ms)
Country Brand and Communications Manager
IBM Singapore
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