China Building Asia’s Largest ‘City-Sized’ Cloud Computing Center

IBM is collaborating with China-based Range Technology to build a city-sized cloud computing data center in Langfang, Heibei province that will be comparable in size to the Pentagon. The 646,000 square foot facility, to be completed in 2016, will be made up of several buildings and will mainly serve China’s government departments, but will also be open to banks and public enterprises, according to PCWorld.

The data center is meant to support the development of a new information technology hub being built in the area, said IBM spokeswoman Harriet Ip.

IBM, the vendor for the project, did not disclose the cost of the data center. But the company said Range Technology is spending about $1.49 billion on the building of the Langfang Range International Information Hub, of which the data center will be a part.

China has made lots of noise with its IT spending of late. The country presently possesses the world’s fastest supercomputer and is currently building a facility that will best it. Despite all the headlines, China’s IT spending, forecast at $112 billion in 2011, is dwarfed by that of the projected $564 billion in IT spending for the U.S.

Range Technology, an Internet data center services provider, was founded in 2009. Earlier this month, the company and IBM formed a strategic partnership on cloud computing and software services.

In terms of size, the data centers will be among the world’s biggest. The largest known data center complex is a 1.1-million-square-foot facility in Chicago owned by Digital Realty Trust, according to Data Center Knowledge, which has ranked the data centers by size.


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