IBM has reached an agreement with 21Vianet, the largest carrier-neutral internet data center services provider in China, to provide IBM SmartCloud Enterprise+ (or SCE+) private cloud infrastructure and managed services in China.
According to the announcement, IBM will provide the physical Point Of Distribution and service, while 21Vianet will host the POD facility at its data centers in Beijing. This partnership is expected to appeal to large Chinese enterprises with a growing desire to manage more complex, mission-critical workloads and applications in the cloud.
SCE+ is a customizable cloud infrastructure service built on open standards. It is capable of delivering a comprehensive, highly secure, and flexible enterprise private cloud environment within a few hours. Authenticated users access the cloud infrastructure securely via a virtual private network.
“Today, IBM and 21Vianet create the new era of enterprise cloud computing in China,” said Laurie Tropiano, general manager of IBM’s Global Technology Services Greater China Group. “Our clients, the pillars of China’s economy, will see IBM further accelerating its efforts around driving innovation in China with enhanced IBM cloud offerings as a platform. We are setting a new benchmark for cloud computing performance in China.”
Due to a Chinese market that is still relatively closed, foreign expansion into China has remained notoriously difficult which has limited the options for enterprise-level cloud computing. Many relying on partnerships with local firms for entry such as a similar deal struck between Microsoft and 21Vianet to launch the Windows Azure cloud in China.
Amazon Web Services also recently announced plans to extend its that it would extend its cloud services to China starting with a limited preview in early 2014, by teaming up with local infrastructure providers.
This partnership between IBM and 21Vianet is expected to provide enterprise-grade cloud services, services that are needed by China’s evolving enterprises if they are to continue to grow.