Amazon’s AWS cloud services division inked strategic cooperation agreement with Cloud Valley, a Beijing-based cloud computing infrastructure provider backed by CBC Capital, finally landing in Chinese market after loads of buzz since 2009, as well as the rumors fueled by a Chinese AWS website launched late 2012 (report in Chinese).

The two parties may set up a data center in Northwestern China’s Ningxia Autonomous Region and an operation center in Beijing. Although the specific operation model between the two companies is not disclosed, they may refer to the model adopted by Microsoft’s Windows Azure when entering Chinese market.

In November last year, Microsoft rolled out its enterprise cloud services Office 365 and Windows Azure in China through its partner 21Vianet Group, a large carrier-neutral internet data services provider. Microsoft authorizes relevant technologies to 21Vianet and the latter is responsible for operation of these two services. This cooperation model enables Microsoft to avoid the obstacles in applying a telecom operation license in China.

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Emma Lee

Emma Lee is Shanghai-based tech writer, covering startups and tech happenings in China and Asia in general. We are looking for stories related to tech and China. Reach her at lixin@technode.com.