China is seen as a massive opportunity for cloud computing vendors, but with that massive opportunity comes huge difficulties. China is a protected market, cultural barriers are rife, and it has often been put in the basset labelled “awesome, but just too hard.” Many cloud vendors have announced China operations, only to have the details of actual market success quietly disappear.

Given all this context, it is interesting to reflect on the announcement today that Mirantis, the high-flying OpenStack vendor, has partnered with UCloud, China’s largest independent public cloud provider, to push OpenStack-powered clouds into large Chinese organizations. To give an idea of the size of the market opportunity in China, here are some recent stats:

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Ben Kepes

Ben Kepes is a technology evangelist, an investor, a commentator and a business adviser. Ben covers the convergence of technology, mobile, ubiquity and agility, all enabled by the Cloud. His areas of interest extend to enterprise software, software integration, financial/accounting software, platforms and infrastructure as well as articulating technology simply for everyday users.

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