On January 31, China Unicom and Tencent Cloud announced that their cloud service cooperation platform tencent.wocloud.cn was officially issued. The platform will provide customers home and abroad with “Tencent Cloud + China Unicom” public cloud and hybrid cloud services, which fully include the advantages if Tencent Cloud products as well as technologies, and integrate China Unicom’s market coverage as well as service, so as to bring cloud services to more fields and drive China digital transformation.
The cloud service cooperation platform is the result from the partnership between China Unicom and Tencent Cloud after China Unicom closed mixed ownership reform. Also, the alliance between giants drives deepen collaboration.
Tencent Cloud offers its own technical support and products’ advantages to China Unicom, and China Unicom will use Wo Cloud to offer customers with cloud-based basic products, services, and solutions. The cloud service platform co-created by both sides will release 10 products in first batch, including cloud hosting, cloud storage, object-based storage, file storage, relational databases, WAF, cloud mirror (cloud security), BGP advanced firewall, private network, balance load, and cloud monitoring.
Other more, China Unicom and Tencent Cloud also reached cooperation in private line interconnection service in up to 8 data centers located in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Chongqing and Tianjin, so as to offer customers with one-stop hybrid cloud service. With partnership deepening, China Unicom and Tencent Cloud will work together to introduce more products and solutions, completely help Chinese companies get on the cloud.
It is reported that in the earlier stage of the cloud platform opening, Tencent Cloud has provided China Unicom several technical and products trainings, which is to make sure China Unicom Wo Cloud Co. Ltd., China Unicom SI Company and 31 provincial branches fully understand and implement this strategic cooperation. Now, more than 110 China Unicom’s engineers have acquired TPCP (Tencent Cloud Partner Certification), which will establish solid foundation for later cloud service business development.
In the future, Tencent Cloud and China Unicom will continue to work together, further combine their content and applications, start all-round cooperation in multiple areas like public cloud, hybrid cloud and industrial cloud, and create open and win-win, cloud network collaborative ecosystem.
Nevertheless, China Unicom does not cooperate with Tencent Cloud only. On February 1, the public cloud platform “Wo Cloud Powered by Alibaba Cloud” based on China Unicom and Alibaba Cloud’s collaboration officially gets online.
“Wo Cloud Power by Alibaba Cloud” platform will open to 31 China Unicom’s provincial branch offices. Then, all China Unicom’s customer managers can offer Alibaba Cloud services to customers. Customers cannot only use China Unicom basic network products and services, but also get the cloud service support from Alibaba Cloud.
The release of the collaborative public cloud platform also means the cooperation of China Unicom and Alibaba Group opening cloud computing resources to each other fully land to the ground.
The relevant responsible person from Alibaba Cloud disclosed that this public cloud platform mainly provides public cloud-based service, while in terms of private cloud and hybrid cloud fields, the two sides also have started relevant programs at the same time. And private cloud and hybrid cloud related products will be released in the next few months in succession.
On 20 October 2017, China Unicom and Alibaba Group announced to open their cloud computing resources to each other, and they would started deepen cooperation in cloud business. It was the first significant business cooperation in business with Internet Company, after China Unicom’s mix ownership reform plan got approval from supervision organizations. For the content of cooperation, the two companies would develop deepen partnership in the public cloud, private cloud, and hybrid cloud respectively.
As a matter of fact, since Alibaba Group and China Unicom reached strategic cooperation in 2016, China Unicom and Alibaba Group frequently worked together in various industries. For cloud business, they partnered to push out “card number cloud” which is the first cloud for managing cell phone numbers.
Meanwhile, they released China Unicom Wo Cloud and Alibaba Cloud hybrid solutions. In terms of new retails, the two companies partnered on “intelligent shop”, and open the first experience shop in Shanghai in December last year. In the aspect of co-branded card, China Unicom and Alibaba joint force on pushing out Alibao cards which offers free transfer to those exclusive applications like Taobao, Tmall, Ding Talk, and YouKu.
For target customers, independent cloud computing analyst Luo Liang pointed out that the core is still government and enterprises customers. The cloud services offered by domestic carriers are mostly used by state-owned companies and government customers, but they are seldom users by commercial organizations. After China Unicom cooperated with Alibaba Cloud and Tencent Cloud, technologies can interflow. Also, China Unicom has off-line channels all over China, and it has maintained long-term contact with government and enterprises. Therefore, the triple combination can generate the better results.
Besides, insider Ding Changyan thought China Unicom is a traditional IDC machine room operator, and it has its own advantages. China Unicom can offer site and site management, open machine room and bandwidth resources, while Alibaba and Tencent can offer cloud computing services to customers. It’s win-win cooperation in the public cloud field.