IBM (IBM) will establish the first Cloud Computing Center for software companies in China, which will be situated at the new Wuxi Tai Hu New Town Science and Education Industrial Park in Wuxi.

"Being one of the model zones to offer outsourcing services in China, the city of Wuxi is committed to providing companies in our park with the environment and tools that are needed for rapid growth," said Zhu Weiping, party secretary of Bin Hu District, Wuxi Municipal Government. "We are proud to be the first in the world to offer the power of cloud computing to companies in Wuxi Tai Hu New Town Science and Education Industrial Park."

The center will offer emerging Chinese software companies the ability to tap into a virtual computing environment to support their development activities. It will be established through an agreement signed today between IBM and Wuxi Tai Lake Industry Investment and Development Company Limited.

IBM will work with Wuxi Tai Lake Industry Investment and Development Company Limited; the Wuxi municipal government; and its business partners to build the China Cloud Computing Center, which 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.

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 and 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.

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