VOA News — Chinese companies have begun competing with Western companies in the cloud computing and data storage market. The “cloud war” is taking place as the dispute between the United States and China about data hacking and computer network security grows stronger. Chinese companies such as Alibaba, Baidu and Huawei are expanding within their country and gaining customers in other countries.
Samsung SDS, the information technology unit of Samsung, said Wednesday that it is seeking to find new business opportunities focusing on the enterprise cloud computing system segment with SAP of Germany. SAP is a long-time business partner of Samsung SDS, and has been letting it manage some of its qualified software content at data centers in Korea.
KM World — Fujitsu Limited and Box have entered into a non-binding memorandum of understanding for a strategic partnership in the content management space. The partnership would initially be centered on the Japanese market and later expanded globally.
IT Pro Portal — Online file sharing and storage company Box signed a great deal with one of Japan’s largest IT services provider – Fujitsu. Under the ‘strategic agreement’, Fujitsu will integrate Box, first in its internal communications platform, covering 160,000 employees. This integration is planned for the latter half of Fujitsu’s fiscal 2016 – meaning March 2017. Later, it was said in a joint press release, Fujitsu will integrate Box into global communications solutions.
Tech in Asia — Dropbox, Google Drive, and other international cloud storage providers have long been blocked in China – and now a number of domestic storage services are facing a similar fate. Vdisk, KuaiPan, and UC net disk – run by Sina, Xunlei, and Alibaba, respectively – have filled the gap left by the government’s censoring of international options, but now each one is partially or fully closing down.
Fool — Undeterred, Box continues to both expand its presence in its core markets and develop new products. Case in point: Box just announced a new partnership with key cloud players Amazon.com andIBM which creates an opportunity for Box to expand its services to a new set of potential clients.
Bloomberg — Starting in May, Box Zones will give customers the choice of locating their files in Germany, Ireland, Japan, and Singapore. The company plans to add more regions in the future, said Chief Executive Officer Aaron Levie in an interview, and is looking at further choices in Europe and Asia as well as adding Australia and Latin America.
Information Week — On Tuesday, IBM and Box announced a plan to offer cloud storage customers in Europe and Asia the ability to store data in local data centers, just in time for the European Parliament’s expected adoption of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) later this week.