China has announced plans to implement a cloud computing industrial base in Zhangjiakou in Hebei province. The country will spend billions of dollars building this infrastructure in hopes of encouraging Chinese companies to make the switch to cloud technology.
Chen Wei, director of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology's Department of Software Services, reports that this goal was established as part of China's 13th five-year plan. The five-year plans are part of China's political agenda to organize economic guidelines and plan specific areas of potential growth.
This five-year plan will be enacted between the years 2016 and 2020, and includes the creation of an entire company that will lead the charge in cloud computing. Existing large companies will also be encouraged to acquire and merge with smaller ones in order to focalize resources and offer more efficient services. Experts note that cloud computing has only just begun to be explored in China, and so it will take large amounts of funds and resources to mobilize this effort.
Hebei has already signed a contract with Beijing agreeing to build the database and information center. WantChinaTimes reports, "The base will be built under the Jingbei Cloud Valley project at the Miaotan industrial park in the Zhangbei economic development zone. A total of 10 billion yuan ($1.6 billion) will be invested into the 100-hectare base, which will include 20 large data centers, power supplying centers, operation and management centers and a big data center that can accommodate 500,000 servers."
Cloud computing is also being leveraged in China, as well as in Taiwan, by Foxconn Electronics to monitor safety and environmental conditions in its factories.
A diverse group of industries are increasingly interested in leveraging cloud technology to expand and mobilize databases and even to boost the economy of entire countries, while retailers are looking to cloud-based credit card processing software to achieve maximum efficiency and ease of use both in-store and through ecommerce avenues.