Massive data center will bring Windows Azure to China
Jeff Eisenhauer | 8 February 2013 12:34pm SGT
The most compelling part of this huge data center is that it marks the arrival of Windows Azure to the Mainland. Windows Azure is Microsoft's cloud computing platform used to build, deploy and manage Microsoft technology from licensed data centers. The new data center will be one of the largest in all of China by the time it is completed measuring 42,000 square meters. The data center will house over 5,000 cabinets when operating at full capacity.
In a country with 1.3 billion people, China, more than most countries, will need to develop strong methodologies for managing data efficiently. The country already has a robust Internet infrastructure, but there is clearly a demand for more data centers to handle the country's cloud computing needs.
China presents an interesting case study for companies looking to build data centers and harness the cloud in Asia. China's large population, vast resources and optimal location make it ideal for building data centers. However, government regulation on information flows and security concerns give cloud operators reason for pause when considering catering to the wider APAC region.
The data center industry in China is expected to grow to RMB 46.7 billion (US$7.5 billion) in 2013 and have compound annual growth rate of 20 percent over the next five years.