Alibaba Cloud, Siemens Team for MindSphere ‘IoT OS’ in China

September 24, 2018

Siemens and Alibaba Cloud, the cloud computing arm of Alibaba Group, reached an agreement that defines the technological roadmap and implementation plan for MindSphere's launch in Chinese mainland. The general availability version of "MindSphere on Alibaba Cloud" will be available to Chinese customers by the end of the first quarter of 2019. This marks another solid step forward since the two companies signed the MoU in Berlin earlier this year.

Siemens'cloud-based open IoT operation system MindSphere connects real things to the digital world, and provides powerful industry applications and digital services to help drive business success. Combining Siemens' PaaS capabilities with Alibaba Cloud's IaaS services, MindSphere on Alibaba Cloud will provide a comprehensive platform that offers connectivity, data analytics and industrial knowhow. This in turn will enable enterprises in China to realize novel and data-driven business models.

"We are encouraging our customers around the world to embrace the digital age: with over 250 digital offerings and more than one million connected assets, built on our large installed base around the globe," said Dr. Jan Mrosik, CEO of Digital Factory Division, Siemens AG. "The partnership between Siemens and Alibaba Cloud capitalizes on the technological advantage and resources of both companies. MindSphere on Alibaba Cloud will enable enterprises in Chinese mainland to leverage the opportunities of the Internet of Things and accelerate the industrial progress of the country."

"Alibaba Cloud's vision is to build a truly connected world that empowers our customers in this digital era. Through the partnership with Siemens, we are looking to accelerate the adoption of IoT in China and ultimately to co-create more ground-breaking solutions for business applications," said Simon Hu, Senior Vice President of Alibaba Group and President of Alibaba Cloud.

On top of that, Siemens and Alibaba Cloud are committed to jointly fostering IIoT partners. MindSphere's open PaaS enables a rich partner ecosystem to develop and deliver new applications. Both companies plans to offer trainings to IIoT developers and deliver apps for industrial customers in China.

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