Acer to establish cloud-computing business in China

21 May

Acer Inc, the world’s No. 5 PC maker, announced Thursday it would establish a cloud-computing business in China based in the massive southwestern municipality of Chongqing.

In April, Acer signed a cooperation agreement with the Chongqing government, stipulating that Acer will invest US$4 million in a cloud-computing center there, according to The Taipei Times. The Chongqing cloud-computing center will be Acer’s third: it also has centers in Taiwan and the US.

“It will be a project-oriented company, targeting projects with local Chinese governments and the education market,” Maverick Shih, president of Acer’s cloud-computing unit BYOC (Build Your Own Cloud), told reporters at a Taipei forum.

For instance, Acer provided 4,000 of its handsets to village officials in the Yubei District of Chongqing, Shih said. In that district, the Acer plans to set up its abPBX plus series, a communication network system that integrates a traditional telephone telephones with mobile devices.

“The cloud-computing solutions could help local governments to reduce the digital divide and build smart cities,” Shih said.

To bulwark the foundation of its China cloud-computing business, Acer invited Wang Ming-san, a former company employee close with Chongqing officials, to lead the new subsidiary, according to The Taipei Times.

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