New Express, 10/20/11
Simon Leung, Microsoft global senior VP and chairman and CEO for the Greater China region, said recently at the semi-annual China Import and Export Fair (Canton Fair) in Guangzhou that the company plans to open a cloud computing center in China, adding that Guangdong is under consideration as a possible location. Leung said that Microsoft will use the new center to begin offering private cloud computing services to both corporate and individual clients.
When asked why the company has been late to begin cloud computing operations in China, Leung said, "Like anywhere in the world, the problem isn't technical, but rather that advancements in cloud computing technology continue to outpace regulations."
"For example," Leung said, "we don't know which license is needed to offer cloud computing services in China. Do we need an IDC license? Obviously not."
Leung said that in the future, Microsoft hopes to operate several cloud computing centers in China, but the company has to consider local government support for such projects, as well as factors including network bandwidth, developer recruitment, and the number of possible users of cloud computing services. Leung added that talks are now underway with government departments in Guangdong regarding the possibility of basing a cloud computing center somewhere in the province.
Leung revealed that Microsoft is already preparing to offer private cloud computing services to large enterprises in China, and added that in the not-so-distant future, the company would also look to establish a team for deployment of large-scale public cloud computing projects.