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IBM Thinking Green for N.C. Datacenter

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IBM today announced that it will build an advanced datacenter in its Research Triangle Park, Raleigh, N.C., facility for $360 million. This will be the first datacenter to be built with the computer giant's New Enterprise Datacenter design principles.

The New Enterprise Datacenter platform is a fusion of Google's Webcentric cloud approach and the MySpace approach, with an emphasis on data-intensive parallel programming.

The datacenter will be one part of a hub for IBM's (NYSE: IBM) computing infrastructure in the cloud that clients will be able to access anytime from anywhere. The other part of the hub is IBM's datacenter in Tokyo, which is also being unveiled today.

Data-intensive parallel computing "turned out to be a very key element of cloud computing applications we've seen deployed by Facebook, Yahoo (NASDAQ: YHOO), Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) and some folks in the telecommunications industry we've had discussions with," Dennis Quan, director of development, autonomic computing, with the IBM software group, told InternetNews.com.

The technologies for both datacenters were shaped by work done through IBM's partnership with Google. The two teamed up in October to create three datacenters for academic computing using data-intensive parallel programming.

IBM's work with Google "gave us a lot of knowledge and research to figure out the best way to bring out the cloud computing platform," Quan explained. "The manifestation of that is our Unified Datacenter Architecture."

According to Quan, this architecture consists of IBM's systems technologies -- virtualized networks, storage, compute resources using Xen and VMware on x86 boxes and native virtualization capabilities on power systems and the mainframe.

It also includes using Tivoli software "to drive provisioning and monitoring of systems in the datacenter, and advanced capabilities like doing chargeback and ensuring high levels of availability and storage management," Quan added.

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