IBM strikes Chinese cloud infrastructure partnership with 21Vianet

|By:, SA News Editor

IBM (IBM +0.9%) is partnering with Chinese data center owner 21Vianet (VNET +6.9%) to offer its SmartCloud Enterprise+ cloud infrastructure (IaaS) platform to Chinese companies looking to set up private clouds. IBM will manage private clouds for clients while leveraging 21Vianet's facilities. (PRs: IBM, 21Vianet)

The announcement comes shortly after IaaS giant Amazon Web Services announced it will begin offering public cloud services within China. Microsoft (Windows Azure) began offering them in China earlier in 2013, and Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba (AliCloud) has been doing so since 2009. U.S. tech companies in general have seen their Chinese sales pressured by NSA-related fears.

Big Blue significantly bolstered its IaaS presence earlier this year by acquiring SoftLayer. Synergy Research thinks IBM had a 7% Q3 IaaS share, good for second place behind Amazon's 35% share.