The business process outsourcing unit of Hong Kong's PCCW Limited has recently forged a strategic alliance with a mainland China infrastructure provider to offer cloud services to one of China's most populous provinces.
PCCW Solutions, which provides IT outsourced services, said it is working with Guangdong Eastern Fibernet (Eastern Fibernet) to provide cloud computing services in Guangdong Province.
In a statement, Eastern Fibernet was described as the operator of the most extensive fibre network in Guangdong Province with more than 30,000 km covering the whole province and interconnecting with all major network operators. Eastern Fibernet is jointly owned by the CITIC Group and Guangdong Pearl River Investment, added the statement.
The alliance involves building data centres in Guangdong province and an offering of a host of cloud computing services, including desktop cloud, server cloud and cloud storage. Customers will also be able to access applications, data, files and storage over the Internet. Also planned is for the two companies to develop tailor-made cloud application software solutions for government, financial institutions and large corporations.
PCCW Solutions will also provide technical support and training, in addition to planning, building and operating the cloud computing platform. PCCW Solutions will offer these services based on its track record as a pioneering cloud computing services provider in Hong Kong, and based on international best practices.
Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) can also access business applications from PCCW Solutions and other Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) from all over the world via PCCW Solutions' Enterprise Solutions Superstore Alliance (ESSA). ESSA brings together sophisticated applications on a cloud platform to make them easily available and more affordable for SMEs using the Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) business model.
With its population and economic strength, and its close proximity to Hong Kong, Guangdong province was a logical expansion for PCCW Solution's cloud computing services. The province is home to Shenzhen, the country's first special economic zone with a GDP that grew by 12 percent in 2010 to reach 951.09 billion yuan (US$149.7 billion), according to the government website Shenzhen Government Online (english.sz.gov.cn).
"Shenzhen is fourth on the Chinese mainland in terms of economic power and one of the cities that has generated the biggest economic returns," added the Shenzhen government.
"Following the establishment of Hong Kong/Guangdong Expert Committee on Cloud Computing Services and Standards, the cloud computing markets in both places are expected to record significant growth," said George Fok, managing director, PCCW Solutions.
"Given our strong track record and Eastern Fibernet's extensive fibre network coverage, we are confident that we can become a major player in these markets and provide agile cloud computing services that meet the needs of enterprises in Guangdong Province," Fok added.
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