(Yicai Global) July 12 -- Apple Inc. plans to establish its first China-based data center in Guizhou province, which will be dedicated to the operation of iCloud services in the Chinese mainland, in an effort to improve user experiences of Apple's digital products.
The construction of Apple's first data center is slated to kick off in South China's Guizhou province, another significant layout in Apple's foray into China on the heels of its research and development (R&D) centers scheduled in Shanghai and Suzhou, reported Sina Mobile Web, citing an Apple statement issued today.
Emergence of such a data center will be instrumental in providing more satisfying Cloud services experiences for users in the Chinese mainland. For instance, they will obtain a more stable environment to load and a higher speed to upload and download, it said. Moreover, partial users once caught in the iCloud services interruption, or even worse, losing access to log-in, will be relieved from those problems.
Since the mobile internet increasingly relies on the predominant trend of "Cloud, Big Data" processing, advancement in the above initiative will also get Apple prepared for a better hardware development in the future, the statement added.
Apple said it will build the above data center in association with a local company in Guizhou, Guizhou-Cloud Big Data Industry Co. and that this China-based partner firm will serve as the main operator of the data center. However, Apple did not reveal financial details of the partnership.
China boasts the largest application store market of Apple as well as its largest overseas market. Apple promised to invest over CNY3.5 billion (USD515 million) in setting up R&D centers in China when announcing the establishment of R&D centers in Shanghai and Suzhou.
Guizhou province is abundant in energy resources, whose 'Big Data' industrial footprint has stayed at the forefront of all provinces throughout the nation in recent years.