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Taiwan well poised to break into cloud computing: analyst

Staff writer, with CNA

Taiwan is well positioned to enter the cloud computing service industry, given its hardware manufacturing ability and its talented workers, industry tracker International Data Center (IDC) Corp said yesterday.

Alan Tsao (曹永暉), a research manager for IDC’s Asia-Pacific consulting group, said at a seminar in Taipei that Taiwan’s infrastructure and talent in the information technology (IT) industry will give it an advantage in the field as local manufacturers try to avoid head-to-head competition.

“Taiwan’s IT industry is highly mature, but it is also highly competitive,” Tsao said.

He suggested that Taiwanese original design manufacturers (ODM) and original equipment manufacturers (OEM) like Quanta Computer Inc (廣達電腦) and Inventec Corp (英業達) form partnerships with software providers to expand their cloud computing services.

Meanwhile, Platform Computing, a leading company in cluster, grid and cloud management software with 80 percent of the global market share, said on Monday that it planned to build an operating center in Taiwan within six months.

The Canada-based company expects the new center to handle its cloud computing business in the greater China area, which is likely to become the biggest market for related services in a few years, Platform Computing CEO Songnian Zhou (周松年) said.

Zhou said the company talk this week with the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA), the Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI, 工業技術研究院) and the Market Intelligence and Consulting Institute (MIC, 產業情報研究所) about the details.

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