Microsoft recently announced that China would be the country to premiere its Windows 8 hardware and software product launch. That event was successful and the subsequent events that followed in the over the course of the week was well received by the technical community, the media and the public.
Now that Windows Server 2012 has launched, Microsoft is to bring its Windows Azure public cloud platform to China. This will help provide millions of Chinese businesses with another choice in private and public cloud computing, providing them with solutions right for them and a flexible migration plan in how and when they wish to move into the cloud.
A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) has been signed by Microsoft with the municipality of Shanghai that will license the Microsoft technologies to 21Vianet, who will provide Windows Azure services from local datacenters.
Cloud computing is starting to pick up a rather sizeable user base, with a recent report for China alone finding that the public cloud market will grow to $3.8 billion by 2020. In 2011, the same report showed that public cloud computing was valued at $297 million. That’s an increase of over 1200% expected over the next 8 years!