China’s Aliyun lines up Inspur as partner for international Asia markets
Mon 7 Jul 2014
Aliyun, the cloud subsidiary of China’s ecommerce giant Alibaba has teamed up with rival Inspur Group, an IT services company, to exploit smart cities and international markets.
According to chinatechnews.com, the two have formed a “strategic cooperation” to work together on smart city and administration cloud markets, to provide cloud solutions and “build an independent and controllable cloud service ecosystem.”
Aliyun is the largest cloud provider in China and its parent harbours ambitions for it to address the international Asian market. This teaming is likely to strengthen that proposition. In May, it opened its first data centre in Hong Kong.
The pair is also looking to help develop an indigenous ecosystem to “accelerate the development of the industry, and establish a Chinese cloud service market structure with domestic companies as its core”. According to the China Software Industry Association the country’s overall cloud-computing ecosystem is expected to be worth at least $122bn by 2015 driven largely by domestic internet use and some 500 million smartphones.
The news report says Inspur Group will deploy Aliyun’s Apsara cloud computing platform. Meanwhile, Inspur will offer information software to support the construction of smart city, corporate cloud and industry cloud, so as to provide cloud services to customers.