July 17, 2017
A new data center is coming up in China and Apple is building it. This comes in its compliance to the new cyber security law passed by the Chinese government the previous year. According to the law, it requires companies to store their data for Chinese servers located in China, among other restrictions.
The new data center is going to cost $1 billion, which is a necessary investment by Apple and will be situated in Guizhou. It will be managed by Guizhou Cloud Big Data. The Guizhou Cloud Big Data is a joint partnership with Apple and the government of Guizhou. This partnership comes as a requirement as the new regulating law requires management by a Chinese company.
The customer data of Apple iCloud will be stored in the new data centers. The company is set to transfer the users existing data which includes backups, photos, videos, cloud storage file and others to Guizhou. Apple added in a statement that the move was to ensure to keep strong data privacy and security protections in place. “The addition of this data center will allow us to improve the speed and reliability of our products and services while also complying with newly passed regulations,” Apple said.
And this is not just with Apple, but more like a worldwide trend taking place with all tech giants. These include Microsoft, Amazon and Facebook are among the other top American companies who are investing billions in data center infrastructure.
It should also be noted that although tech companies like Facebook and Google are blocked in China, Apple has a thriving business there. And this comes with Apple adhering to their rules and regulations, of course. Hence, the new regulation seemed like a mandatory thing bound to happen sooner or later.