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China Entercom and STNC will jointly build and deliver cloud services to enterprises in Shanghai

China Entercom and STNC will jointly build and deliver cloud services to enterprises in Shanghai

China Entercom, a subsidiary of ICT solutions provider CITIC Telecom International CPC ltd announced a partnership with the Shanghai Science & Technology Network Communications Corporation (STNC) this week that will see the firms jointly set up a cloud computing datacentre in Baoshan, Shanghai.

The datacentre, which is expected to launch in October this year, will be built to Tier III standards and cover a total area of 14,000 m2. According to the agreement, the first phase of the datacentre’s construction will cover around 1,000 square meters and provide approximately 500 standard racks.

The partnership will see STNC, which operates a metropolitan carrier-neutral network in Shanghai and a range of datacentres in the region, take over infrastructure and hardware support as well as operational maintenance. China Entercom will act as the ICT solutions provider for business partners, selling software hosted on the cloud platform as well as consulting services.

“The cloud computing solutions, including the SmartCLOUD one-stop integrated suite of cloud capabilities, of China Entercom and its parent company CITIC Telecom CPC, together with the strong infrastructure of STNC will boost STNC’s competitiveness in the cloud computing datacentre market,” said Yucheng Deng, president of STNC.

“Leveraging Shanghai’s extensive distribution capability, we can create a new landscape in the cloud computing market,” he added.

Stephen Ho, chief executive officer of CITIC Telecom CPC said the move is the first step in a series of initiatives aimed at bolstering the company’s ICT services in a number of major cities across China’s mainland. Beijing and Guangzhou are the next targets for China Entercom’s cloud-based offerings, Ho said.

“STNC’s operational experience in datacentre infrastructure brings reliable operational support for our datacentre in Baoshan,” he said.

“Both of us are confident about this collaboration and hope to extend our partnership to build new datacentres in the near future.”

The move will also help the local firms compete against other local service providers, in addition to a number of large IT incumbents currently targeting mainland China in order to fuel the expansion of their cloud services within the high-growth region. Earlier this month for instance IBM opened a cloud and mainframe competency centre in Beijing, just days after announcing the impending launch of the SoftLayer cloud platform in Hong Kong.

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