Google eyes China cloud tie-ups

Business | Bloomberg 6 Aug 2018

Google is in talks with Tencent Holdings (0700), Inspur Group and other Chinese firms to offer cloud services in the mainland,.

The talks began in early 2018 and Google narrowed candidates to three firms in late March but trade tensions between China and the United States now loom over the effort, sources said.

The goal is to run Google internet-based services - such as Drive and Docs - via the domestic data centers and servers of Chinese providers.

In most of the rest of the world, Google Cloud rents computing power and storage over the internet, and sells a collection of workplace productivity apps called G Suite that are run on its own data centers. China requires digital information to be stored in the country and Google has no data centers in the mainland, so it needs local partnerships.

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