Today China entered a new era in cloud computing as IBM joined forces with 21Vianet Group, Inc, the country's largest carrier-neutral Internet Data Center (IDC) service provider, to introduce IBM's premier cloud infrastructure service and accelerate high value managed private cloud adoption.
With today s news, IBM will provide the physical point of distribution (POD) and service while 21Vianet will host the POD facility at 21Vianet datacenter in Beijing.
This partnership brings the most powerful, secure, and scalable cloud built on open standards -- known as IBM SmartCloud Enterprise+ -- to China due to the rising demand for managing more complex, mission critical workloads and applications in the cloud by large enterprises. IBM has a long history in driving innovation in China and already manages numerous high value cloud engagements with many large organizations.
Cloud computing has become a mainstream delivery mechanism for information technology (IT) globally but is still in a nascent stage of adoption for enterprise cloud. Many IT buyers understand that there is a range of options from the low end, commodity cloud marketplace that provides little more than cheap storage and access. On the other end of the spectrum is IBM s cloud infrastructure and managed services that can expand to accommodate any workload with the realtime performance and integrity for which enterprises the world over trust IBM to enable business innovation and transformation.
IBM Cloud capabilities deliver a customizable infrastructure service built on open standards for the most demanding workloads. IBM s cloud capabilities can deliver a comprehensive, yet flexible enterprise cloud environments within a few hours, with the highest levels of security. It uses a virtual private network to provide access to cloud infrastructure and provides end-to-end 99.9 percent availability.
21Vianet Group, Inc. is the largest carrier-neutral Internet data center services provider in China. 21Vianet provides hosting and related services, managed network services and cloud computing infrastructure services, improving the reliability, security and speed of its customers' Internet connections through 21Vianet's Internet infrastructure. Customers may locate their servers and networking equipment in 21Vianet's data centers and connect to China's Internet backbone through 21Vianet's extensive fiber optic network. In addition, 21Vianet s proprietary smart routing technology, BroadEx, enables customers' data to be delivered across the Internet in a faster and more reliable manner. 21Vianet operates in more than 40 cities throughout China, servicing a diversified and loyal base of more than 2000 customers that span many industries ranging from Internet companies to government entities and blue-chip enterprises to small- to mid-sized enterprises.