Microsoft Corp will develop and market cloud-computing products in China with a Chinese partner, a pattern that the software giant could use as a model in other emerging markets, an executive said on Tuesday.
Vendors and analysts expect China’s cloud computing market to grow fast. A survey by research firm Gartner found that 55 percent of Chinese respondents would like to spend more than 10 percent of their total IT budget on cloud computing. This compared with 42 percent in Europe and 49 percent in the U.S.
Microsoft and China Standard Software Co Ltd (CS2C), a provider of operating systems and office products, will develop and sell cloud-computing solutions primarily to large enterprise clients such as online retailers, banks and government ministries, said Sandy Gupta, general manager of Open Source Solutions Group at Microsoft.
By the agreement, Microsoft and China Standard will jointly develop and sell private and public cloud computing products. Microsoft and China Standard will also sponsor a joint virtual technology lab in Beijing aimed at making NeoKylin interoperable with Microsoft’s Hyper-V Cloud architecture.