China Building City-Sized Cloud Computing Center
If you think America's technology companies lack a certain vision about the future, you're right. At least you'd feel that way if you were Chinese. That's because right now, China is building a city-sized cloud computing and office complex. The entire mega-project will cover 6.2 million square feet when completed, and the initial data center space will account for 640,00 square feet, according to IBM, which is collaborating with the Chinese on the project.
This sort of project grabs a lot of attention, but Chinese IT spending is really only on-fifth of U.S. spending. China's IT spending includes hardware, packaged software, and services is forecast to total $112 billion this year. By comparison, U.S. spending on IT is predicted to be $564 billion.
China needs to lean on outside consultants often to develop ideas such as the "cloud city" data center according to Dale Sartor, an engineer at the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Sator expects to see more large centers delivering cloud services.
"I get a sense that the cloud is going to be huge in China for both efficiency reasons as well as the ability to control," Sartor told Computerworld. "If everything was cloud computing and the government owns it, it's much easier to keep finger on the Internet and other issues (than by) using a very distributed model."
China's rapid IT growth has been huge for IBM, which said its growth in that country is up 25 percent over 2009. The huge cloud computing center it's working with the Chinese, Hebei Province, is expected to be completed in 2016. In terms of data centers, it will among the world's largest. The largest known data center is a 1.1-million-square-foot facility in Chicago owned by Digital Realty Trust.