UnionRead, Beijing-based content distribution network and cloud hosting provider, has signed a deal with HP to be the first Chinese company to deploy HP’s OpenStack-based Helion cloud solutions.
HP launched Helion earlier this year is designed to provide hardware-agnostic services and secure hybrid IT environments, and is based on the OpenStack open-source cloud software platform.
As is common practice for foreign hosted service providers, HP partnered with a Chinese firm for the rollout of its Helion services in China.
UnionRead community clouds will offer: Infrastructure-as-a-Service on the HP Helion OpenStack commercial distribution; the Cloud Foundry-based Helion Development Platform-as-a-Service for building custom, cloud-native applications; and various Software-as-a-Service applications from HP and HP partners such as big data analytics.
HP Helion will be available in China through “community clouds” provided by UnionRead. These community cloud will allow multiple organizations with commonalities such as industry or location to share infrastructure and meet their various performance and regulatory requirements.
HP EVP and CTO Martin Fink said in a statement, “Community clouds will become increasingly prevalent in China as communities of interest, such as an automotive supply chain or a city government, seek to gain efficiencies and speed by leveraging a common cloud infrastructure.”
UnionRead also plans to deploy HP Helion as the foundational cloud technology for its data centers across China.
With the world’s largest population and the most web users of any country, China is a highly lucrative market for hosted service providers, and one that has remained underserved even despite a recent push by many vendors.
In March, Microsoft opened its Azure public cloud to general availability in China in a partnership with China’s 21Vianet. This made Azure the first public cloud service offered to the general public in China by a global vendor.
Earlier this month, Shanghai’s Wind Info, a financial data and software provider, began integrating IBM’s cloud-based risk analytics software into its trading terminals to provide new tools for managing financial risks. This was in spite of the feeling among many Chinese firms that foreign technology suppliers might compromise data.
As more solutions from local and foreign vendors enter the Chinese marketplace, many organizations will likely develop a more sophisticated understanding of the advantages and limitations of individual solutions, and ultimately improve their IT service delivery.