- 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.
Amazon Web Services expanding into China
Dec 18 2013, 12:05 ET