After just completing a huge data center in South Korea, IBM has announced plans to build a $57 million data center in Auckland, New Zealand, in 2010. It's also readying a Hong Kong research lab focused on developing collaboration tools for cloud-computing software tied to IBM's Lotus product. The new operations are part of a three-year plan to upgrade and extend IBM's network of 488 data centers, says Joe Dzaluk, vice president for infrastructure in IBM's global services organization.

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