January 25, 2011 – IBM and Chinese network services company Range Technology will build what they’re claiming as Asia’s largest cloud computing data center as a hub for Beijing and North China.

The 6.2 million square foot center will serve as a high-end IT infrastructure center for cloud computing, server leasing, mobile services and data backup and recovery, according to an IBM news release. Construction of the center in that region’s Hebei Province is expected to wrap up by 2016. IBM spokesperson LaToya Evans said construction will cost $200 million over the next five years, though Evans could not comment on the amount of business or jobs it is expected to attract.

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