Guizhou is becoming a big data haven

31/05/2018

Southwestern China’s Guizhou Province is developing into China’s go-to place for major company’s big data centers. Ironically, its negative attributes — including mountains that deter travel and poor weather — make it ideal to store sensitive data.

 

Tencent Holdings has launched trial operations of a large data center in Guizhou Province, located in southwestern China.

The center, opened May 28, will be used to store Tencent’s most valuable data, according to a company statement.

Tencent Gui’an Qixing Data Center spans approximately 5,059,038 square feet and is expected to store 300,000 servers. It is built into the caves of two mountains in Gui’an New Area.

Facial recognition devices were placed at every entrance and infrared detection-enabled security robots will roam the area day and night to protect the data, Technode reported.

While Guizhou’s mountainous landscape and poor weather has made it difficult to access and unappealing to top talent, the negative aspects make it ideal for data storage, said Tencent CEO Pony Ma.

 

 

While Guizhou’s mountainous landscape and poor weather has made it difficult to access and unappealing to top talent, the negative aspects make it ideal for data storage, said Tencent CEO Pony Ma.

 

 

Mountains can conceal the physical structure of the data centers and cool, constant temperatures are good for the maintenance of the equipment.

Apple transferred its iCloud services that were based in mainland China to government-owned Guizhou-Cloud Big Data in late February despite concerns over mainland users’ data privacy.

China’s three major state-owned telecommunications companies – China Telecom, China Mobile and China Unicom — have also  built their data centers in Guizhou.

The Guizhou government has been promoting and developing the big data industry. Its efforts have enticed big tech companies to build data centers in the region, which is one of China’s least developed areas.

 

 

The Guizhou government has been promoting and developing the big data industry. Its efforts have enticed big tech companies to build data centers in the region, which is one of China’s least developed areas.

 

 

A special government branch, Big Data Development Administration of Guizhou Province, was set up in the beginning of last year to develop and monitor the burgeoning industry.

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