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RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. – Big Blue is touting its efforts to go green with its new $360 million data center at its 10,000 employee campus in RTP.

On Thursday, (NYSE: IBM) unveiled its massive collection of data processing computer servers that the company says uses half the energy of a typical complex.

Among its first tennants – IBM’s own Web site.

The new data center in IBM’s largest worksite in the world was designed to support companies moving into cloud computing, where the operating and other software are stored at a remote site and used as needed instead of stored on a user’s computer.

IBM owns or operates more than 450 data centers worldwide.

Data center consultant John Boyd Jr. said he expects demand for data centers to grow because financial services reforms and electronic health care records will likely add new record-keeping requirements.

The 60,000 square-foot center will serve as a showcase through which IBM offers “cloud computing” capabilities and other services. Another 40,000 square feet of space is available for future expansion.

IBM estimates 10 new jobs will be created to man the facility.

Big Blue chose to build the center in the Triangle due in part to $750,000 in economic incentives provided by Durham County.

IBM employs some 10,000 people across the Triangle, making it the global giant’s largest campus.

The center was built using “Project Green” technology IBM has developed that it says makes such power-hungry operations more energy efficient. IBM already operates numerous data centers around the world, covering more than 8 million square feet, according to the company.

N.C. Gov. Bev Perdue was among the guests attending Thursday’s unveiling. Bob Greenberg, IBM’s senior executive in North Carolina, served as host for the event.

"I thank IBM for its continued commitment to North Carolina. This facility promises to be one of IBM’s greenest data centers in the world, proving once again that green is gold for North Carolina," Perdue said in a statement. "Growing North Carolina’s green economy plays a critical role in my mission to create jobs and to ensure our state’s economy is poised to be globally competitive in the long term."

Also attending was IBM’s Pat Kerin, the general manager for global technology services in North America.

"Data centers have always been a critical part of IBM’s global technology services – and they will be even more important as the processes, infrastructure, and systems that define business today become increasingly connected and intelligent," Kerin said in a statement. "This new facility not only sets new standards for energy efficiency, but provides the flexible capacity that allows IBM to deliver services that enable clients to reduce costs, improve productivity, and gain competitive advantage in their markets."