China Cloud Programme Will More Than Double Datacenter Capacity with
Investment of USD 370 Billion
LONDON -- February 28, 2013
In a new report by BroadGroup, (www.broad-group.com) China Cloud investment
and datacenter developments are identified for the first time. Based on
qualitative research and more than 100 face to face interviews, the report
findings reveal a massive programme that will more than double datacenter
capacity by 2016 with an overall investment of USD370 billion
The ‘China Cloud, Challenges and Opportunities in China’s Cloud Datacenter
Deployment’ report describes the strategy to leapfrog technology dependence on
foreign suppliers and generate long term economic growth for its 1.3 billion
people. The Chinese government’s 12^th 5-year plan has distinguished itself
globally by investing significantly in creating new cloud platforms, software
and applications supported by a programme of massive cloud datacenter
Beginning with the initial government plan for 5 cloud cities, the report
details how this has now proliferated across at least 15 provinces with
significantly funded projects. The report identifies a total of 109 projects,
most of which include the construction of new cloud datacenters. The North of
China forms the nexus of overall project investment, with province by province
plans detailed in the report. The top five provinces represent more than 88%
of the total investment.
The report documents profiles of key players with SWOT analyses across the key
datacenter player segments including carrier neutral, internet datacenters,
and the three giants China Mobile, China Unicom and China Mobile.
Cloud cities are detailed in the report and in a regional analysis of Cloud
investments, include a taxonomy of the projects taking place in each location.
Maps of the distribution of Cloud projects by Investment by RMB, by space (m2)
and by number of projects provide additional illumination of the scale of
Challenges to the datacenter sector are immense. The success of China Cloud
projects will ultimately depend on business models and demand, but the report
explains the many political, commercial and technical hurdles already existing
in the datacenter market relating to bandwidth availability, network access
and power supply.
Opportunities are certainly present in the market, but only government policy
can unlock changes in investment rules and those governing foreign
participation in the market. The theories that remain in circulation about
what potential solutions might eventually be sanctioned are identified in the
Overall the report provides the first original and comprehensive assessment to
date of China’s Cloud strategy and datacenter deployment.
BroadGroup is also running an International datacenter event, The Datacentres
Europe 2013 (www.datacentreseurope.com) which takes place in Nice, 29-30 May
2013, will attract industry movers and shakers as well as end user
organisations representing vertical markets and government organisations from
around the world.
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