In recent years, cloud computing has become a key concept that no data center service provider both home and abroad can afford to neglect. International players including IBM, Microsoft, and Amazon, domestic players including Huawei, Lenovo and Inspur are reforming their traditional business models to embrace the cloud era.
GDS, a Chinese IT service provider with 17 high-availability data centers across the country also felt the profound impact exerted by this cloud revolution and has been transforming its role to help enterprise customers to transfer their IT infrastructure to cloud computing platforms.
Developing countries, including China and India, thanks to the incentives provided by their governments, are growing even faster than more mature markets in Europe and North America.
The Chinese market is seen as a fertile land for exploration by many international cloud providers. Following the steps of Microsoft which rolled out its Azure cloud in China by partnering with 21Vianet, IBM and Amazon Web Services have also launched their respective cloud services in this market by cooperating with local partners.
GDS does not want to miss the opportunities provided by China’s cloud market either. Dr Les Zhang said domestic cloud market is mainly driven by gaming service providers, e-commerce websites, micro and small enterprises and individual users, and most of China’s enterprises have not migrated to cloud yet.
As a matter of fact, GDS started its cloud initiative several years ago. According to Yilin, the company implemented virtualization-based projects for customers as early as 2010. In 2012, GDS partnered with Softbank China Venture Capital to develop vCloud cloud data center service based on VMware platform, and then Elastic Cloud Computing (ECP) platform.