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Apple is setting up its first data center in China for cyber security

Apple has unveiled plans to set up its first data center in China to help comply with cyber-security laws that were introduced by the country last month...

Callum Rivett
|Jul 12|magazine4 min read

Apple has unveiled plans to set up its first data center in China to help comply with cyber-security laws that were introduced by the country last month.

Situated in the southern province of Guizhou, Apple's data center will host iCloud to help adhere to the new ruling that requires foreign firms to store data in China, as well as allowing them to "improve the speed and reliability of our products and services."

The center is part of a $1bn investment into the province by Apple, whilst they are teaming up with data management firm Guizhou-Cloud Big Data Industry Co to operate the new data center.

New laws brought in after recent cyberattacks aim to quell the threat, with Apple saying that security is their main concern and "no backdoors" will be implemented into any of their systems. 

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Currently, Alibaba leads the way in cloud computing in China with has 17 data centers, with Amazon and Microsoft also having their own centers in the country.

Apple recently announced that it will open its second data center in Denmark which will be run completely on renewable energy.