Amazon Web Services (AMZN -0.2%) will launch a "limited preview" for a new China region for its cloud infrastructure (IaaS) services in early 2014, ahead of a broader service launch. Select Chinese companies, along with multinationals with Chinese ops, will take part. (PR)
China will represent the fourth Asia-Pac region AWS has set up shop in, and the tenth globally. A number of major Chinese tech/electronics companies, including Qihoo, Xiaomi, NQ Mobile, and TCL, are already AWS clients.
Competition will be provided by Microsoft's Window Azure, which launched in China earlier this year., and by Alibaba, whose AliCloud IaaS platform (launched in '09) has reeled in many clients.
Synergy Research has estimated AWS had a 35% Q3 IaaS share, 5x that of #2 IBM.