Cloudy in China
China is hungry for a public cloud, and Microsoft is more than happy to be its meal ticket. By bringing its Windows Azure platform to the world’s most populated country, Microsoft will tap into China’s public cloud space, which Forrester Research predicts to be a $3.8 billion market by 2020 (up from $297 million in 2011). And, while Microsoft has offered productivity software in China for decades, this is the company’s first, big step toward making multi-tenant public cloud services available to millions of businesses there. To get this deal done, all Microsoft had to do was sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the municipality of Shanghai and sign a landmark agreement to license Microsoft technologies to 21Vianet, the largest carrier-neutral Internet data center services provider in China — all in a day’s work.
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