IBM last week launched its first Cloud Computing Lab in Hursley in the U.K. to provide technology and channel partners a platform for testing different models for developing and selling cloud computing services.
The Lab lets partners access the IBM Test Cloud from any of IBM's 38 Innovation Centers worldwide, Mitchell said. Partners can also access the IBM Test Cloud from other locations, said Mitchell. "But we're hearing from a lot of our partners that they want to come into our Innovation Centers and physically work from there," he said.
Partners can also use the Lab to develop and test new cloud services and get access to IBM personnel who can help them develop go-to-market plans, Mitchell said.