China Mobile announced in mid-February that it is partnering with Chinese search engine Baidu to create a next-generation mobile data center. The complex will be the first large-scale cloud computing center dedicated to mobile Internet businesses.
The Baidu Yizhuang New-Generation Search Data Center is being funded and constructed jointly between China Mobile and Baidu, though financial details of the venture have not been released. The site will offer more than 40,900 square feet of available space and the capacity for over 40,000 servers. China Mobile is providing Baidu with 1,388 high-density cabinets for use in the facility.
The two companies are employing Baidu's patented technologies. The technical parameters will be the highest density and most balanced facility in China and will allow for the least amount of energy to be consumed. The China data center is expected to begin operations in the first quarter of 2016.
Currently, China Mobile operates computing bases in Beijing and Guangzhou and has projects in Harbin, Guizhou and Suzhou under construction. Baidu is the largest search engine in China and operates a variety of facilities in the country. Its flagship Yangquan data center offers more than 1 million square feet of available space and can host 120,000 servers storing 4,000 petabytes of data.
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