Open source cloud computing platform Eucalyptus Systems announced on Monday that it has signed an agreement with IT solutions provider China Electronics Technology Group Corporation No. 32 Research Institute. As part of the agreement, the companies will open a joint cloud research and development lab in Shanghai.
This news comes less than two weeks after Amazon signed Eucalyptus to help customers move data between private clouds and AWS, a move that illustrates the success of Eucalyptus at profiting through partnerships.
According to the press release, CETC32 will use the Eucalyptus cloud infrastructure-as-a-service to provide cloud solutions to customers. Eucalyptus’ on-premise IaaS platform will be the foundation of CETC32’s Hua Cloud, which servers the public security, health, food security and SME markets.
Organizations in China have started more Eucalyptus clouds than companies in any other region, according to the announcement. It will be interesting to see how this regional popularity and the partnership with CETC32 impacts the rate of Eucalyptus cloud adoption, which is already quite strong as it enables 25,000 cloud starts each year, including instances at more than 20 percent of Fortune 100 companies.
Eucalyptus opened a corporate office in Beijing in January 2011 to support its growing Chinese user and customer base.
“This strategic partnership will enable customers in China to benefit from a combination of CETC32’s local market presence and the industry’s leading on-premise cloud platform,” Marten Mickos, CEO of Eucalyptus said in a statement. “Cloud adoption in China is extremely rapid, and we’re honored to play a central role with our esteemed partner in bringing elastic compute resources to companies and public agencies across this vast market. Today’s signing ceremony marks the first of many milestones in our partnership with CETC32.”
There will be an official signing ceremony on April 6, 2012 at the Shanghai Regal International East Asia Hotel from 1:30 to 4 pm. In addition to CETC32 and Eucalyptus executives, officials from the Shanghai government and executives from Shanghai Main IT Enterprises will be in attendance.
“Eucalyptus is a worldwide market leader in cloud computing and we continue to be impressed with the company’s ability to deliver open and agile cloud software,” Xiaoming You, president of CETC32 said in a statement. “Eucalyptus embraces cloud computing industry standards which are foundational to our Hua-Cloud offering. Eucalyptus’ technology and products received a high rating after our in-depth research and evaluation. CETC32 will add government approved cloud computing security policies on top of existing features in Eucalyptus to deliver a solution specifically tailored to the Chinese market.”
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