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When you walk in, you come across two server racks and a sign to tell you that this is an IBM Cloud Centre.
Whereas a conventional large datacentre is dominated by hardware, and lots of it, that isn't true of a Cloud Centre, which spreads its processing across many different systems in many different places — in the "cloud".
According to IBM, the Irish Cloud Centre is open for use by organisations of all types, including commercial and academic ones. The work undertaken at the centre could be a research project into a particular area of computer science or meterology, for example. It could also range from advanced pure research to more routine research, IBM said.