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IBM to Help China Build Asia’s Largest Cloud-Computing Center

Jan. 25 (Bloomberg) -- International Business Machines Corp., the world’s largest computer-services provider, said it won a contract to help China build Asia’s largest cloud-computing center by 2016.

IBM will provide data-center design services for the building that will measure 620,000 square meters, under a contract from Range Technology Development Co., the Armonk, New York-based company said in a statement today. Terms of the contract weren’t disclosed.

The data center will be part of the 9.8 billion yuan ($1.5 billion) Langfang Range International Information Hub in northern China’s Hebei Province, Harriet Ip, an IBM spokeswoman, said in an e-mail today. Langfang is a city of 3.85 million people between Beijing and Tianjin that is being promoted as “China’s Silicon Valley,” Ip said.

The data center will support independent software vendors and enterprises with software product development, as well as help Langfang city develop e-government services, administration systems and food-and-drug safety services, IBM said in the statement.

Range Technology Development was established in 2009 as an Internet, data-center service and telecommunications-network-services provider, according to its website.

The cloud-computing center is expected to employ between 60,000 and 80,000 people, according to Ip’s e-mail. Cloud computing allows customers to save money by storing data on remote servers that can be accessed via the Internet.

To contact Bloomberg News staff on this story: Edmond Lococo in Beijing at elococo@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Young-Sam Cho at ycho2@bloomberg.net.

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