Microsoft to Co-Develop Cloud Products With Chinese OS Firm

Microsoft joins Linux to create virtualization and cloud solutions. Microsoft and China's leading domestic Linux operating system provider, China Standard Software Co. Ltd. (CS2C), have signed an agreement to jointly develop, market and sell solutions for the booming cloud-computing market in China, which could open doors to sell to Chinese government agencies. The mixed source solutions developed through this collaboration will be built on Microsoft's Hyper-V Open Cloud architecture and will include support to run CS2C NeoKylin Linux Server products. NeoKylin is meant for use by government offices, national defense, energy and other sectors of the Chinese economy, and aims to reduce China's dependence on imported operating systems. Vendors and analysts are predicting fast growth in China's cloud computing market. A survey by research firm Gartner found that 55 per cent of Chinese respondents would like to spend more than 10 per cent of their total IT budget on cloud computing. This compared with 42 percent in Europe and 49 percent in the U.S.

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