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Asus plans 3 more data centers worldwide

2012/10/12 09:40:25

Taipei, Oct. 12 (CNA) Taiwanese manufacturer Asustek Computer Inc. plans to set up three more data centers worldwide by early 2013, with the aim of providing better services to its cloud users, its subsidiary's director said Thursday.

Asus now has three data centers in Los Angeles, Taipei and Shanghai, which provide services to 10 million users worldwide, said Andy Huang, a director at Asus Cloud Corp., a subsidiary of Asus.

To meet its users' growing demand for cloud services, the company has decided to set up three more centers worldwide, one in the eastern United States, one in Europe and one in northern China, he said at a cloud computing forum in Taipei.

Over the past two years, both the numbers of users and files stored in the Asus cloud have increased "substantially," Huang told CNA on the sidelines of the forum, adding that more data centers could provide better services to its users.

Established in 2008, Asus Cloud is eyeing the big pie of the cloud computing industry, he said. The cloud portion of Asus' services may break even by the end of 2012, and is expected to see great revenue growth over the next two to three years, Huang added.

Huang said the places Asus is considering for its new centers are Tianjin, Harbin and Chongqing in China; Frankfurt, Amsterdam and Ireland in Europe; and Boston in the U.S.

He, however, declined to provide further details, saying only the whole project is still in the negotiation stage.

Currently, the company is working with six local universities to develop multiple services, aiming to commercialize the cloud experience in the Asia-Pacific region, said Huang.

(By James Lee)