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New York: IBM has re-enforced its position in cloud based business services with new data centres around the world.

It is opening of a European IBM SmartCloud for Social Business Data Center (sic) in Germany.

The move aims to help business leaders, such as chief information officers (CIO), chief marketing officers (CMO), and chief human resource officers (CHRO), begin their organization's transformation with the adoption of social business technology.

It also plans to open a center of excellence in New York City to help financial services firms adopt open-source virtualization technologies. The KVM Center of Excellence in New York is the second such center established by IBM in the past five months. The first was opened in December in Beijing. The center will help clients, software engineers and business partners to quickly leverage open-source virtualization to build cloud-computing platforms.

With its new European Data Center IBM says it will help meet each customer's unique deployment needs through flexible delivery models including either public or private cloud or a mix of cloud and on premises. Once live, companies can tap into IBM's integrated and powerful social experience that includes one-click access to tools such as online meetings, email, calendaring, instant messaging and more. In an effort to further empower customers, IBM also lets businesses invite external partners, clients, suppliers and more to take part in these interactions, all while meeting legal and regulatory requirements for data privacy.

For example, to improve the speed of marketing and sales execution, employees can build collaborative networks in real time, both internally and externally. With one simple click, employees can tap into the power of presence awareness capabilities to see if colleagues are online to chat about the plan, review the document and engage in collaborative and concurrent real-time editing. When questions require outside input the team can quickly invite partners, suppliers, clients and others into the community to review project work as well as other related items.

"As global cloud-based Social Business adoption soars, companies continue to turn to IBM to usher them into this new social era," said Alistair Rennie, general manager, social business of IBM.

"With the new European Data Center we expand our industry-leading Social Business footprint, strengthening our ability to meet the needs for businesses seeking security-rich, flexible cloud environments that let them unleash innovation and drive a smarter enterprise."

IBM says that its Cloud revenue grew by 80 percent in 2012.

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