Apple Inc. has officially put its first Chinese data center in the southwestern province of Guizhou into operation over three years after it started building the facility to store customer data within the country's borders.
The state-run media outlet Xinhua quoting local authorities said that the data center, located in the southwestern province of Guizhou, commenced operations last Tuesday, said. The data center will be operated by Guizhou-Cloud Big Data (GCBD) and used to store Chinese customer iCloud data domestically.
In 2016, the Chinese government approved a new cybersecurity law that would force Apple to store customer data on local servers.
In 2017, Apple signed an agreement with the Guizhou provincial government to build its first Chinese data center in Gui'an New Area. With a contracted investment of $1 billion, the data center plans to offer iCloud services on the Chinese mainland.
According to the report, the data center is expected to further improve Chinese users' experience in terms of access speed and service reliability, as well as improve the overall reliability of Apple's products and services on the Chinese mainland.
Meanwhile, China Daily reported that Guizhou has become the front runner of China's big data industry due to its climate, power supply, and network infrastructure. The province has attracted several heavyweight players, such as Apple, Huawei, Tencent, and Alibaba, to establish their cloud computing and big data centers as well as regional headquarters.
Media reports say that Apple is developing another Chinese data centre in the Inner Mongolia region of the country's north.