Ernie Hu, General Manager for Cloud and Software, IBM Greater China Group, and Ning Qi, Executive Vice President of 21Vianet Group, ink a deal to bring IBM’s Bluemix Cloud Platform to China.
IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced that Bluemix, its cloud computing platform, will be available in China via a collaboration with 21Vianet Group, Inc., a leading carrier-neutral internet data center services provider in China.
IBM believes this collaboration will usher in a new era of hybrid cloud-driven innovation and next-generation cognitive, analytics and IOT (Internet of Things) app development for developers and enterprises in China.
As part of the agreement, IBM will provide access to Bluemix technologies, while 21Vianet will provide the infrastructure and be responsible for the end-to-end operation of Bluemix in China.
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Both companies will also use this collaboration to build and expand a strong Bluemix ecosystem in China, with the goal of driving other developers and large enterprises to adopt similar models of hybrid cloud-based development to efficiently build new apps and technologies.
China is home to 10 percent of the entire global population of developers, according to analyst firm IDC. This explosive growth puts developers in a key position to answer the Chinese government’s call to grow and nurture local entrepreneurship and innovation.
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IBM launched Bluemix with a $1 billion investment in 2014, and since then, the company says, it has grown to become the largest Cloud Foundry deployment in the world.
The open-standards-based Bluemix catalog includes over 120 tools and services spanning categories of big data, mobile, Watson, analytics, integration, DevOps, security and Internet of Things.