China Cloud, Challenges and Opportunities in China's Cloud Datacenter Deployment, describes the strategy to leapfrog technology dependence on foreign suppliers and generate long term economic growth for its 1.3 billion people. The Chinese government's 12th 5-year plan has distinguished itself globally by investing significantly in creating new cloud platforms, software and applications supported by a programme of massive cloud datacenter deployment.
Beginning with the initial government plan for 5 cloud cities, the report details how this has now proliferated across at least 15 provinces with significantly funded projects. The report identifies a total of 109 projects, most of which include the construction of new cloud datacenters. The North of China forms the nexus of overall project investment, with province by province plans detailed in the report. The top five provinces represent more than 88% of the total investment.
The report documents profiles of key players with SWOT analyses across the key datacenter player segments including carrier neutral, internet datacenters, and the three giants China Mobile, China Unicom and China Mobile.
Cloud cities are detailed in the report and in a regional analysis of Cloud investments, include a taxonomy of the projects taking place in each location. Maps of the distribution of Cloud projects by Investment by RMB, by space (m2) and by number of projects provide additional illumination of the scale of Cloud China.
Challenges to the datacenter sector are immense. The success of China Cloud projects will ultimately depend on business models and demand, but the report explains the many political, commercial and technical hurdles already existing in the datacenter market relating to bandwidth availabilty, network access and power supply.
Opportunities are certainly present in the market, but only government policy can unlock changes in investment rules and those governing foreign participation in the market. The theories that remain in circulation about what potential solutions might eventually be sanctioned are identified in the report.
Overall the report provides the first original and comprehensive assessment to date of China's Cloud strategy and datacenter deployment.
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