Ibm Establishes First Cloud Computing Laboratory In Hong Kong

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IBM Establishes First Cloud Computing Laboratory in Hong Kong


ARMONK, N.Y. and HONG KONG, Apr. 16 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --


    Closes Outblaze Ltd. Asset Acquisition to deliver Secure Web Mail on 

                                LotusLive.com 


    IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced it is establishing 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 emerging LotusLive

(www.lotuslive.com/) cloud service portfolio, which offers affordable, 

company-to-company social networking and online collaboration tools.


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    IBM also announced the closing of the acquisition of Outblaze Limited's

messaging assets.  Privately-held Outblaze operates one of the largest online

service platforms for the provision of secure, private-label email, collaboration

and social media services to other service providers, telecommunications

operators, corporations, academia, media and publishing companies.  Terms of the

agreement were not disclosed. 

    With more than 10 years of experience delivering messaging solutions,

Outblaze was one of the first companies to offer a fully-hosted, multilingual 

e-mail service.  Today Outblaze offers services in 22 languages and has more than

40 million users under management.  While Outblaze has customers and employees

worldwide, it brings unique experience serving high-growth Asian markets

including China, India, and Singapore.

    LotusLive.com is designed to help businesses work smarter by forming virtual

communities in the cloud, connecting colleagues, partners, suppliers and

customers from within and beyond their own firewalls.   The Outblaze asset

purchase adds Web-based email to IBM's expanding portfolio of online

collaboration tools. Subscribers will be able to instantly provision email

accounts and users can access their e-mail from any computer through any Web

browser. 

    The new lab will be located in Hong Kong’s Cyberport complex, an information

technology center developed to foster innovation within the Asia-Pacific region. 

    "We are happy to note that IBM, one of the world-renowned leaders in

innovation and computing, is taking the lead in establishing a cloud computing

laboratory in Hong Kong," said Jeremy Godfrey, Hong Kong Government Chief

Information Officer.  "The new IBM laboratory marks a milestone in Hong Kong's

information technology industry as it has the potential to help businesses jump-

start their cloud computing projects and enhance their computing capabilities to

compete in the global marketplace." 

    Strategically located near emerging growth markets, IBM intends to increase

its investment in this center to take advantage of the global opportunity for

online web 2.0 collaboration. The new facility brings the number of IBM's

worldwide Cloud Labs to 10. IBM Cloud Labs provide a range of services including

development of online services that take advantage of the promised economies of

scale offered by cloud computing. 

    "IBM is focused on helping businesses, large and small, work smarter to drive

innovation up and costs down and this new cloud lab will reinforce that," said

Bob Picciano, general manager, IBM Lotus Software. "LotusLive.com will soon

include the most secure, scalable, business-ready Web mail in the industry as

part of a full-service collaboration suite to help simplify and improve the way

organizations work with their customers and partners."     Businesses of all

sizes will be able to use IBM as the provider for their full range of email

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needs, whether on-premise or hosted, from casual to intense usage.  Business

partners such as telecommunications operators and Internet service providers will

be able to package and sell collaborative services to their clients under their

own brands. 



    Contact: Mike Azzi

    914-766-1561

    azzi@us.ibm.com


SOURCE:  IBM


    CONTACT: Mike Azzi

             +1-914-766-1561

             azzi@us.ibm.com


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