IBM has opened what it calls a first-of-its-kind cloud computing lab in the UK, to help its business partners prepare for the coming cloud revolution.
The lab is designed to help business partners gain the necessary sales and marketing nouse to most benefit from the burgeoning technology.
While cloud computing services are currently estimated as a $68 billion industry this year, analysts reckon that by 2015, that will have expanded to some $150 billion.
IBM certainly sees the cloud as the future, along with 91% of 2,000 IT professionals surveyed by the company across 87 countries, who said they anticipated the cloud would overtake on-premise installations as the primary way businesses acquire IT by 2015.
The new cloud computing lab will be based at the Hursley IBM Innovation Center. IBM states that a typical project at the lab will “help a partner explore a wide variety of cloud computing models and become cloud builders, application, technology and infrastructure providers, and cloud resellers and aggregators, depending on their individual business.”