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Microsoft Taiwan Validates Global Nature of Cloud

Cloud Expo Sponsor from Redmond Continues to Think Global

The Fifth International Cloud Expo in New York has drawn more than 100 exhibitors, including Gold Sponsor Microsoft. The beehive of activity at the conference this week reflects what is going on all over the world, and Microsoft is among those keeping busy.

I mentioned in a previous post that the government of Taiwan plans to invest half a billion dollars in Cloud Computing between now and 2014. This optimism has been matched by a number of companies on the island nation, including Redmond, which has announced that will launch, by June, a Cloud Computing services research center, in collaboration with Taiwan's economic ministry.

John Kalkman, VP of OEM Engineering and Services at Microsoft, confirmed this project to a local newspaper. "We look to launch this around the Computex timeframe, " he said, referring to the big, longstanding Taiwanese IT event, which starts on June 1 this year.

Microsoft had also started to deliver cloud computing services in Taiwan in April with the local telcom company Chunghwa Telecom Co., targeting 400,000 small- and medium-sized companies.

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Roger Strukhoff (@IoT2040) is Executive Director of the Tau Institute for Global ICT Research, with offices in Illinois and Manila. He is Conference Chair of @CloudExpo & @ThingsExpo, and Editor of SYS-CON Media's CloudComputing BigData & IoT Journals. He holds a BA from Knox College & conducted MBA studies at CSU-East Bay.

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