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Many cities in China are seeking to establish cloud computing facilities for public and business services. However, despite large investments in the cloud, there are still several barriers to strategic cloud deployment in China.

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China’s government and private enterprises are investing heavily in cloud computing, and China shows exceptional promise in this area. However, sustained success will require addressing three main barriers. They are: (i) the Great Firewall, (ii) privacy concerns, and (iii) insufficient infrastructure. Besides, we forewarn that a cloud bubble is unavoidable.


China needs to refine the regulations to meet the required needs of the market, institute an effective and impartial regulation regime, control costs at the market rate, and improve competition.

Professor W.M. To
Macao Polytechnic University

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This page is a summary of: Cloud Computing in China: Barriers and Potential, IT Professional, May 2013, Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers (IEEE), DOI: 10.1109/mitp.2012.64.
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