IBM Establishes Laboratory in Hong Kong, Acquires Outblaze Ltd.

Apr 17, 2009

IBM announced the closing of the acquisition of Outblaze, Ltd's messaging assets. Outblaze operates online service platforms for the provision of secure, private-label email, collaboration, and social media services to other service providers, telecommunications operators, corporations, academia, media, and publishing companies. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. The Outblaze asset purchase adds web-based email to IBM's portfolio of online collaboration tools. Subscribers will be able to provision email accounts and users can access their email from any computer through any web browser. IBM also announced it is establishing an IBM cloud computing laboratory in Hong Kong. The new facility will provide a global hub for web-based messaging services to support IBM's cloud service portfolio, which offers company-to-company social networking and online collaboration tools. It will be located in Hong Kong’s Cyberport complex, an information technology center developed to foster innovation within the Asia-Pacific region.