China's cloud computing market into a new player. On the evening of March 19, Wanda Network Technology Group (hereinafter referred to as Wanda Technology) and IBM announced that the two sides have signed a strategic cooperation agreement in Beijing, Wanda Technology will provide IBM's public cloud services in China, including IaaS (infrastructure as a service ), PaaS (Platform as a Service), and Artificial Intelligence Systems Watson, Block Chain and Internet of Things.
Through this cooperation, Wanda Technology will officially enter the Chinese public cloud market, and Ali cloud, telecommunications clouds and other manufacturers on the same stage competition.
Wanda Group Chairman Wang Jianlin and IBM Chairman and CEO Luo Ruolan (Ginni Rometty) attended the signing ceremony on the 19th. Luo Ruilan also participated in the afternoon held in Beijing, China Development Forum held in 2017, and on environmental issues delivered a speech.
Wanda Technology said that he has built a number of cloud data center, the future will be based on business needs, widely distributed in the country. "These cloud data centers will deploy IBM's advanced cloud platform technology. IBM will continue to innovate the platform to ensure that Wanda provides cloud services to help the majority of Chinese enterprises in the digital transformation. & Rdquo;
For IBM, this collaboration will mean that its artificial intelligence system Watson landed in China and promoted by Wanda Technology. Watson is a system developed by IBM for many years. January 2014, IBM announced that the investment of $ 1 billion to set up Watson business group, betting on artificial intelligence will be able to change the medical, financial, manufacturing and other industries.
IBM said that the cooperation is fancy Wanda Technology & ldquo; extensive industrial resources & rdquo ;. The Watson service is the first landing in the application design can join the natural language interactive function of the Watson dialogue service.
According to the "People's Republic of China Telecommunications Regulations", the operation of data centers in China need to obtain value-added telecommunications business license. And for information security considerations, pure foreign-funded enterprises is difficult to obtain the license. Previously, IBM and Microsoft in order to land in China, have chosen with the domestic IDC (Internet Data Center) service provider century interconnection.
July 2016, IBM Greater China cloud computing business general manager Hu Shizhong told the financial new reporter, China's cloud computing market in the next year there will be a combination of various manufacturers, and ultimately have to see the financial return. "Recently, some people have proposed to IBM, the joint, both complementary, and now there are several such discussions in the occurrence. & Rdquo;
Financial News reporter Wanda official website shows that on October 12, 2016, Wang Jianlin met with Luo Rui Lan at the group headquarters, but the news did not explain the content of the two sides talked about.
IBM did not mention whether the partners of the past two years were interconnected and whether the cooperation between the two sides would be affected. IBM also declined to comment on the partnership. As of press, the century also did not respond to the new financial inquiries.
According to Wanda's official website, Wanda Technology is one of the four major groups of Wanda, under the jurisdiction of the business involving network credit, fast money to pay, credit, large data and other fields. But compared to the high-profile Wanda business, cultural groups and financial groups, Wanda science and technology business volume and visibility smaller.
This year, China's public cloud market is quite lively. March 10, Huawei announced that it will set up a special responsible for the public cloud of the business unit, and in 2017 increased by 2,000 people. March 17, Tencent cloud to 1 minute almost free way to beat Mobile, Telecom and China Unicom, won the bid of 4.95 million Xiamen government cloud project. Baidu cloud and other manufacturers have also started from last year to recruit staff, intended to seize the market in 2017.
Wanda Technology in the field of public cloud experience is relatively inadequate. Wanda Technology said that this is the first time in China to provide such a wide range of cloud technology services & rdquo ;.