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Published: Sat, July 15, 2017
Research | By Jennifer Evans

Apple Opens Its First Data Center In China

Apple Opens Its First Data Center In China

With the data centre, Apple aimed to migrate Chinese users' information, now stored elsewhere, to the new facility in coming months, according to its messaged statement. Other companies claim that the new laws are burdening and will put proprietary data at risk. This means that even the server storing such data will need to be kept on the nation's land only.

To boost local talent, Apple recently announced it would invest $508 million in China to build two additional Research and Development centres in Shanghai and Suzhou.

The new centre will run entirely on renewable energy and will become a pilot green data centre project in southern China.

China has introduced on June 1, tighter regulations on how citizens' data is handled by services providers. Also, China is an important market which Apple doesn't want to miss out on. Apple's data center in Denmark, which is expected to be completed by 2019, will help it ramp up most of its services, including iMessage, App Store, Maps, Siri, etc.

Other foreign firms that oversee cloud businesses, including Amazon.com Inc and Microsoft Corp, already have data centers in China. Several years back, after the Snowden leaks, there was a rush of countries passing similar what-starts-in-our-country-stays-in-our-country legislation, which has been a boon for local data center operators across Europe and in South America, but problematic for many US tech companies with an worldwide reach. In a statement, the company said the new facility allows them to comply with regulations and improve quality of service in the country.

Apple's Chinese customers will now transition to a co-branded cloud storage platform it would operate along with its Chinese partner.

The new cybersecurity regulations on Chinese data storage were effective as of last month, as global companies hoping to make inroads in the Chinese market scramble to comply. It further pledged to make it 100 percent and also chose to invest in the same. Ltd.to set up its first data center in China. But it is assumed that it might be due to the impressive investment it attained.

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