EMC: China is racing past US, rest of world – and into the Cloud

Only a few years ago, China was seen as a cheap producer of goods, and an emerging market. Now they have begun to lead rather than follow. China is a major adopter of cloud technology, compounding the advantages of servers for even greater flexibility and performance/price. Just as Kenya is skipping the wired network for faster roll-out of wireless networking, China is skipping much of the “PC-with-a-hard-drive-and-Wintel” revolution and jumping directly to thin clients connected to the cloud. FLOSS, ARM and MIPS are all on their radar and they are not locked in to Wintel’s preferred strategy, paying dearly per unit.
“Strategic Emerging Industries: No longer content with being considered the “world’s factory,” Chinese planners have included several preferential tax, fiscal and procurement policies designed to develop seven “Strategic Emerging Industries” (SEIs). Planners hope these industries will become the backbone of China’s economy in the decades ahead, and they have been chosen sectors where Chinese corporations are expected to succeed on a global scale. The seven industries are biotechnology, new energy, highend equipment manufacturing, energy conservation and environmental protection, cleanenergy vehicles, new materials, and next-generation IT. The government is reportedly prepared to spend more than RMB 4 trillion on these industries during the 12th FYP period, with an aim to increase SEI’s contribution from today’s approximately 5 percent of GDP to 8 percent by 2015 and 15 percent by 2020.”
see China’s 12th Five Year Plan

EMC reports they do most of their R&D in China these days: “The old school idea was to get R&D done in China because it was cheaper, but now you actually get better R&D done there”

see China is racing past US, rest of world – and into the Cloud • The Register.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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7 Responses to EMC: China is racing past US, rest of world – and into the Cloud

  1. kozmcrae says:

    Ivan wrote:

    “We’re all paying the price for that.”

    We’re all paying the price for that? China just recently passed the USA in carbon emissions. The USA alone was the leader in carbon emissions. Who is paying the price for what the USA pumped into the atmosphere for the last 100 years?

  2. CIA: “The Chinese government is seeking to add energy production capacity from sources other than coal and oil, focusing on nuclear and alternative energy development.”

  3. Ivan says:

    “fast developing countries like Brazil and China are probably jumping over the traditional desktop-PC world to solar panel”

    China is building more coal burning power plants than anyone else on the planet. We’re all paying the price for that.

    Brazil reached energy independence by drilling more oil wells and destroying their rapidly shrinking rain forest. We’re also paying the price for that.

    Could it be that BRIC isn’t a Utopia filled with solar powered ARM things?

  4. Mats Hagglund says:

    This is actually a very serious issue for western countries like Canada, USA, those Scandinavian countries and actually for whole so called western world. We here in west have problems to understand that those fast developing countries like Brazil and China are probably jumping over the traditional desktop-PC world to solar panel- ARM-pc age. There will never be electric pillars in Bangladesh and Africa. There will never be traditional PC-computer world with Windows in Bangladesh, Pakistan and Africa. These people are gonna have their internet connection with small but effective devices, with batteries easy to recharge via solar panels. Their whole business world is even now based on modern innovations. Not long time ago i red an article written by woman whose father was Finnish and mother from Africa. That woman told how people in Africa are using now much more sophisticated applications in their smartphone/ARM’s than people in Finland. Their business is somehow much more flexible. And it looks like people in Africa seems to get more economic benefits by smartphone, tablets and ARM-devices than people in western world.

    You have to think about demographic change in world, solar panels, new technology, people of 3rd world eager to have better life and you start to realize why these people are choosing ARM and cloud computing instead of this retarded PC-style storing data to own computers. Conclusion: western way of computing might be actually very ineffective.

    That’s why i saw both Microsoft and Nokia loosing the war. They will be destroyed because they never really understood the revolution in 3rd world during last few years.

  5. Clarence Moon wrote, “Mr. Pogson, do you really dislike Microsoft so much that you would have the Western World marginalized by the Chinese simply to bring about a shift in economic well-being away from Microsoft?”

    Mostly true except that marginalizing nonsense. With */Linux, China cannot marginalize anyone but they can share with everyone in good IT cooperatively produced. M$ has enslaved much of the world. The world does not need to be enslaved. The Chinese are innovating and producing like good citizens of the world should. M$, OTOH has been a parasite for decades.

  6. kozmcrae says:

    Clarence wrote:

    “Just last night on 60 Minutes I saw a segment featuring Bill Gates being lauded for his philanthropy and Warren Buffet tossing him some 30 billion in extra assets for Bill’s foundation.”

    Have you ever noticed anything odd about your statement and many others like it? The people “lauding” Bill Gates are other rich people like himself. One of the things Bill Gates is being “lauded” for is bringing modern agriculture to Africa. What he is actually doing is promoting agribusiness in the form of Monsanto. He is a primary stockholder in Monsanto. And so it goes with other Gates philanthropy. If you follow the money it all leads back to him.

    There are growing number of people who are not taken in by Bill Gates phony philanthropy. You are not one of them.

  7. Clarence Moon says:

    Heavens, Mr. Pogson, do you really dislike Microsoft so much that you would have the Western World marginalized by the Chinese simply to bring about a shift in economic well-being away from Microsoft? That is what we emerging oldsters used to reference as “Throwing out the baby with the bath water!”

    The time is long past for handing Bill Gates and others their comeuppance. Just last night on 60 Minutes I saw a segment featuring Bill Gates being lauded for his philanthropy and Warren Buffet tossing him some 30 billion in extra assets for Bill’s foundation. Hillary Clinton was there, too, as an acknowledgement of Gates’ eminence. That is not going away if the Chinese move their data to a cloud in Shanghai.

    I saw where Larry Ellison bought one of the Hawaiian Islands, too. I guess he didn’t really need Google’s money.

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