The Growing IBM Cloud
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As I flew through the clouds from Nice to London to Austin yesterday, IBM was announcing more cloud computing centers, this time in emerging markets.
The new cloud centers will be located in Sao Paulo, Brazil; Bangalore, India; Seoul, Korea; and Hanoi, Vietnam.
These new clouds make for 13 cloud computing centers worldwide in total, with IBM having now invested more than 200 full-time researchers and $100M U.S. in cloud computing.
The shift to cloud computing comes at a time when many companies are facing data overload, skyrocketing energy costs, complex regulatory requirements, and competition from more nimble economies.
The cloud computing approach helps facilitate a more economical and similarly nimble approach to tapping into needed IT resources "on demand."
On a related note, IBM Consulting also announced a new "Environmental Product Lifecycle Management" offering that helps IBM clients make their products more eco-friendly: from development and manufacturing through delivery and use to end-of-life reclamation and recycling.
The new offering will provide an overall analysis of a product's lifecycle, taking into account current environmental concerns, regulations and business issues, as well as industry best practices.
You can learn more about the new offering here.