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Microsoft & Chinese Linux Provider Sign Cloud Computing Deal

Software giant Microsoft is partnering with China Standard Software to create Linux based cloud-computer solutions which may be used by the Chinese military and other government departments.

The company has signed an agreement with the Chinese software maker to pave the way for its entry into the Chinese cloud computing market.

The Windows maker will work with CSS to make its NeoKylin Operating System compatible with the Hyper-V and Windows Server 2008 R2 virtualisation platform and make it easier to manage from its Systems Center suite.

The two companies have also agreed to set up a technology lab in Beijing in order to certify the operating system, which is used in Chinese defence systems and other government agencies, as a guest OS on Hyper-V and Server 2008 R2, The Register reports.

The technology lab will also be focused on developing cloud based technology and products.

"Through this collaboration, we seek to support our joint customers in China with solutions for the cloud, which will help them build upon their existing operational investments, yet also allow them the flexibility to capitalize on strategic opportunities that may arise during this period of expansive change and growth," said Simon Leung, CEO for Microsoft's Greater China region.