Cloud computing: Getting bigger but more complicated too

ZDNet

One of the fundamental concepts underpinning cloud computing is that the location of the servers and other physical infrastructure running the software and storing the data is entirely irrelevant.


Amazon Sells Hardware to Cloud Partner in China to Comply With Law

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"Chinese law forbids non-Chinese companies from owning or operating certain technology for the provision of cloud services," AWS said. "As a result, in order to comply with Chinese law, AWS sold certain physical infrastructure assets to Sinnet, its longtime Chinese partner."


AWS just sold some of its cloud computing infrastructure in China

ZDNet

Amazon has sold some of its cloud computing infrastructure in China to its local partner in a deal worth $300m, a move it said was necessary in order to comply with the country's tech regulations. The company confirmed that it has sold off its Amazon Web Services (AWS) infrastructure to Sinnet, its local technology partner. According to Reuters the deal is worth up to 2 billion yuan -- around $301m. In a statement Amazon emphasised that it had not sold its business in China, saying that it "remains fully committed to ensuring Chinese customers continue to receive AWS's industry leading cloud services". The company explained: "Chinese law forbids non-Chinese companies from owning or operating certain technology for the provision of cloud services.


Amazon's Chinese cloud service bows to state censorship

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Amazon is the latest multinational firm to bow to state censorship to continue selling its products in China. The electronic commerce company, founded by Jeff Bezos in 1994, offers cloud based services within the secretive state's economy. A controversial cybersecurity crackdown came into effect last month that tightened restrictions on freedom of speech online, imposing new rules on service providers. Apple also sparked criticism in recent days after removing software from its app store that allowed internet users to skirt the country's controls. Amazon is the latest multinational firm to bow to state censorship to continue selling its products in China.


Apple to Store Sensitive Encryption Keys in China

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While Apple says it will ensure that the keys are protected in China, some privacy experts and former Apple security employees worry that moving the keys to China makes them more vulnerable to seizure by a government with a record of censorship and political suppression.