) and utility based services provider iTricity have collaborated to open a new Cloud Computing Hosting Center for Belgium, The Netherlands and Luxembourg.
The center will be powered by IBM System x and System p servers, and IBM Tivoli Provisioning Manager Software.
The five data centers will be linked with a virtual storage area network (SAN) and the newest Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS
) technologies. The cloud computing center in Amsterdam will be a tightly secured infrastructure, managed by iTricity's sister company, GlidePath.
Based on IBM "Blue Cloud" technology, iTricity will use the center to host computing services for its customers.
Cloud computing is an emerging model in which users gain access to their applications from anywhere through Internet-connected devices. A simplified user interface makes the infrastructure supporting the applications transparent to users.
With the new center, the iTricity computing service will be made available under monthly credit card billing for either fixed or variable, usage-based fees. The hosting service is planned to span iTricity's five data centers located in the Amsterdam region.
"We are excited about the opening of this newest highly advanced Cloud Computing Center for Continental Europe. Customer demands for flexible computing resources are rapidly increasing. Therefore, we need to take into consideration more aspects such as security, continuity and compliance. Fast delivery is no longer the single most important selection criteria. Hosting services should also be reliable, fully resilient across multiple centers and compliant to business rules and regulations," said Robert Rosier, iTricity's chief executive officer and founder, in a statement.
"The IBM Blue Cloud technology helps us to provision fast and fully compliant IT resources across our multi-datacenter environment."
Robert Rosier said that customers will be able to access shared IT resources on iTricity's cloud computing center much faster and easier than previously available.
iTricity expects to achieve both operational efficiency and power savings as a result of improved resource utilization, he added: "iTricity will add powerful functions to current cloud computing capabilities, such as Secure Cloud Management, Infrastructure Profiling and Self Service Provisioning and Payment Portal."
iTricity since 2005 has provided hosting services to customers in The Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg and Germany across a variety of industries including sports, government, finance, automobile and health.
The IBM Cloud Computing Centre at Dublin, Ireland and IBM High Performance Solutions Lab in Silicon Valley, California, will work in close collaboration with iTricity in building this center.
"IBM welcomes iTricity as they join the global community of cloud computing," said Dr. Willy Chiu, vice president of IBM high performance solutions lab. "Enterprise computing centers are expanding across the U.S., Europe, and Asia, using IBM Blue Cloud technologies."
IBM has been expanding its cloud computing capabilities around the world. Over the past year, IBM has announced cloud computing clients such as Wuxi City of China; Sogeti, the local professional services division of Capgemini (News
); and Vietnamese government institutions and universities.
IBM built Europe's first cloud computing center in Dublin, Ireland in March, 2008. In October, 2007 IBM announced a joint academic program with Google (News
) to help university students gain the skills to program cloud applications.
Anil Sharma is a TMCnet Contributing Editor.
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