Dell has big ideas for cloud com­put­ing

China Daily (Canada) - - LIFE - By MASI and YANG JUN in Guiyang

Dell Inc is eye­ing a big­ger pres­ence in China’s cloud­com­put­ing mar­ket by help­ing its lo­cal part­ner es­tab­lish a new firm onWed­nes­day, as the coun­try in­ten­si­fies ef­forts to en­cour­age en­ter­prises to em­brace dig­i­tal­iza­tion.

The new com­pany, named Guizhou Yot­taCloud Tech­nolo­gies Co Ltd, was un­veiled as Michael Dell, CEO and chair­man of Dell, at­tended the on­go­ing China Big Data In­dus­try Sum­mit in Guiyang, cap­i­tal of Guizhou prov­ince.

“China will play an in­creas­ingly im­por­tant role in the big data era and the United States-based tech gi­ant will speed up ef­forts to de­velop new prod­ucts for the mar­ket,” Dell said.

Huang Chen­hong, pres­i­dent of Dell Greater China, said Guizhou Yot­taCloud will be one of the ve­hi­cles for the com­pany to sell cloud ser­vices to small and medi­um­sized en­ter­prises and lo­cal gov­ern­ments.

“Dell will of­fer tech­nol­ogy sup­port to the new com­pany,” Huang said, but he de­clined to com­ment on whether Dell has made fi­nan­cial in­vest­ments into the new com­pany.

Guizhou Wing CloudHigh Tech­nol­ogy, the owner of Guizhou Yot­taCloud Tech­nol­ogy, has been work­ing with Dell in cloud ser­vices since last year.

“We will also es­tab­lish a cloud in­dus­try al­liance to pro­mote the devel­op­ment of China’s in­fant cloud mar­ket,” Huang added.

Dell is the lat­est for­eign tech gi­ant that is seek­ing for lo­cal part­ner­ships to tap into China’s IT mar­ket as lo­cal gov­ern­ments and Sta­te­owned en­ter­prises are in fa­vor of home­grown tech com­pa­nies’ prod­ucts and ser­vices amid con­cern over na­tional se­cu­rity.

Kitty Fok, di­rec­tor of In­ter­na­tional Data Corp China, said the big­gest over­seas gi­ants have all tied up with lo­cal com­pa­nies, es­pe­cially State-owned en­ter­prises.

“An SOE iden­tity and cut­ting-edge tech­nolo­gies are both ne­ces­si­ties to win in the Chi­nese mar­ket,” said Fok.

China is Dell’s sec­ond-largest mar­ket af­ter the US.

Last year, the com­pany promised to in­vest $125 bil­lion in China over the next five years to boost in­no­va­tion, re­search and devel­op­ment, and other ar­eas.

China will play an in­creas­ingly im­por­tant role in the big data era.”

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