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China: Shanghai Government, Partners Open Cloud Data Center
Source: thewhir.com
Source Date: Friday, August 20, 2010
Focus: Electronic and Mobile Government, ICT for MDGs
Country: China
Created: Aug 23, 2010

At Hub Corporation (www.revobranding.com/SDATA/Default.php) announced on Thursday it has opened China's first cloud computing data center at the Shanghai SHIBEI Hi-Tech Park, according to a report by Datacenter Dynamics.

The move comes a month after CDC Global Services announced it will design, implement and provide operations services for the Foshan Municipal Cloud Computing Center in China.

Dubbed Shanghai AtHub, the colocation facility will be run by AtHub on behalf of the local government.

The Shanghai Municipal Government says the new facility is part of China's overall strategy to transform itself into the "Asia-Pacific cloud computing center".

China is currently hoping to form 10 cloud computing enterprises with annual income of more than $14.7 million (100 million yuan) to match the markets leading providers in three years, as reported earlier this week by the People's Daily Online.

The country will also establish 10 cloud computing demonstration platforms in the fields of e-government, small and medium-sized enterprise servers and urban management.

The Shanghai government formed AtHub with members of IBM, HP, EMC, Intel and Cisco. According to the AtHub website, it provides "turn-key data centers, build-to-suit data centers, powered space, and other data center solutions for domestic and international tenants."

The company currently operates one demonstration center at the International Carrier Hotel and will open another data center in October 2011.

It also revealed in the past that it will eventually bring all it data centers across the country into the cloud.

The company has teamed up with some of China's largest telecommunication providers, as well as been given RMB1 billion in government funding to develop the country's first commercial cloud platform.

AtHub also plans to select 100 software and information service enterprises in China to migrate to the cloud, which the company said could potentially earn $14.7 billion (100 billion yuan) in revenue for the IT industry.

Additionally, it will soon initiate a cloud computing investment fund and the Cloud Computing Industry Development Union which will set up independent technical standards for the cloud industry.
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