Chinese data center services provider 21Vianet has announced a strategic partnership with global electronics manufacturer Foxconn to build carrier-neutral internet data centers. Foxconn and 21Vianet will cooperate to develop cloud services targeting the Chinese market.
Under the terms of the agreement, 21Vianet and Foxconn will be jointly responsible for the supply chain management of 21Vianet's Internet Data Center (IDC) projects, including design, development, manufacturing and construction. Taiwan-based Foxconn is known for manufacturing Apple products and is looking to expand into servers and storage.
Foxconn will use its global plant operation capabilities to provide a full suite of services and support for 21Vianet's IDC and related projects.
21Vianet will leverage its skills in data center construction and operations to more effectively expand China's cloud and IDC infrastructure. The companies intend to cooperate extensively on domestic data center planning, design, construction, project financing and operation and maintenance, as well as on developing overseas data center markets.
China Enters Period of Robust Growth
"China's IDC industry has entered an era of robust growth, characterized by the rapid development of cloud computing and big data, which increasingly relies on infrastructure projects, meaning cross-industry cooperation will take a front seat in the IDC industry's future development," said Feng Xiao, president of 21Vianet's Data Center Business Group. "As leaders of our respective industries, 21Vianet's and Foxconn's cooperation marks a groundbreaking partnership."
"Foxconn, as the world's largest professional electronics manufacturer, possesses world-class R&D, design, engineering and manufacturing service capabilities for cloud planning, cloud servers, storage devices, network equipment, and other IDC-relevant technology," said Fuming Fu, Senior Vice President of Foxconn Group.
The two companies will select data center projects in Tianjin and Shenzhen as part of their initial cooperation in 2014.