China data center roundup: China Telecom, 21Vianet, VMware and Lenovo

New telco data center ready for operation, 21 Vianet takes on Microsoft exec for cloud service and VMware and Lenovo take R&D into the lab

17 October 2013 by Laura Luo -  -  

The largest data center in Ningbo, in the Zhejiang Province, will come online this month, according to the China Ningbo website.

Located in the Ningbo National High-tech Zone, the Lingyun Data center covers a business area of 8,249 sq m and has capability to host 1,270 racks.

The data center is the fifth data center built to high levels of redundancy that is operated by the Ningbo subsidiary of China Telecom.

State-owned institutions and enterprises in science and technology, education, finance, entertainment, media, e-commerce have taken up space in Ningbo’s other facilities.

21Vianet appoints president for Microsoft cloud
21Vianet Group, the largest carrier-neutral internet data center services provider in China, has appointed Wing-Dar Ker, a 19-year Microsoft veteran, as president of its Microsoft Cloud Operation.

Ker most recently served as general manager of customer service and support for the Asia Pacific and Greater China (APGC) Region at Microsoft. He was responsible for overseeing customer service and technical support for APAC and China and to oversee web support for the Americas and EMEA regions.

Ker joined Microsoft in 1993 as the finance controller for APGC. Later, he was responsible for managing distribution and reseller channels as well as the small- to mid-size business sales operations. He also served as Asia Chief Information Officer, where he managed Microsoft internal IT functions for the Asia Pacific region, and oversaw the technology infrastructure of more than 45 locations across Asia.

He holds a Master Degree of Business Administration (MBA) from the Case Western Reserve University and a Bachelor Degree of Economics from the National Taiwan University.

21Vianet launched a public preview for its Microsoft Windows Azure and Microsoft Office 365 services earlier this year following the agreement signed between Microsoft and 21 Vianet to provide services in November.

VMware and Lenovo ramp up R&D
The Lenovo-VMware Technology Joint Laboratory, a joint project between global virtualization software provider VMware and Chinese PC maker Lenovo, was completed and put into use, according to Lenovo.

The lab will be used for the development of cloud computing and virtualization solutions suitable for Chinese enterprise customers, which are increasingly embracing cloud technologies.

Lenovo and VMware will work on cloud computing solution development, solution demonstration, test and verification and human resource training from the lab. 

They will be focusing on server virtualization, desktop virtualization, cloud computing data center construction, infrastructure management, operation and maintenance and disaster recovery.

Lenovo and VMware signed a strategic cooperative agreement to work together in China in 2008.
 

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