(The Hosting News) – A new analysis provided by Netcraft concerning China’s cloud market signals rapid growth. According to the firm, web-facing computers in the country have advanced by a rate of 8.3% throughout the past year. The majority of the growth has concerned cloud hosting market.
Specifically, Netcraft focused on Chinese-based cloud provider Aliyun, noting the company covers most of China’s cloud market.
Over the past year, the firm has experienced rapid growth with the company accounting for six times more web-facing computers than it had in September of 2012 – an increase of 2,670 to 17,934.
Aliyun, meanwhile, also saw a large jump in terms of its hostnames and active sites. Regarding hostnames, from September 2012 to September of this year, they grew from 91,553 to total 389,171. On the other hand, active sites grew from 23,596 to 150,089 during the same time period.
Despite such growth, however, Netcraft pointed out one key factor relevant to the Chinese market: Most of the growth experienced is aimed at the internal Chinese market, not external.
“Hosting content as close to the end-users as possible increases the performance of the web site, and this effect is particularly prominent in China: internet traffic crossing the border can sometimes appear to be slow, unstable, or even blocked, perhaps as a side-effect of blocks enforced by the Golden Shield Project (also known as the Great Firewall of China). In September 2013, more than half of the domains of websites hosted at Aliyun were in the .cn TLD, around 41% in .com, whilst domains in other ccTLDs appeared to be very rare. Unlike Amazon’s global reach, Aliyun’s reach appears to be limited to the local market — at least for the time being,” stated Netcraft via its report.
Netcraft also identified some other issues that could impede China’s cloud growth including unattractive pricing models and operating systems, “patchy” internet connectivity outside the mainland, hosting services only available in the Chinese language along with hosting companies that only accept business from customers in China.