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China's cloud market jumps 58%: OK Alibaba, you've lost your Ma but you're still leading

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Despite all the talk among Western tech vendors of an economic slowdown in the Middle Kingdon, spending on cloud infrastructure services in China is comfortably outpacing that of the global average.

Figures from data wrangler Canalys show the country's outlay on cloud infrastructure jumped 58 per cent to $2.295bn in the second quarter of 2019.

The expansion in China (and, to a lesser extent, in Europe and Africa too) has seen North America, which enjoyed a 52.9 per cent share of the global market in the second quarter of 2018 slip to 49.8 per cent on spending of $13.096bn.

China's share of the global pie grew from 7.6 per cent to 8.7 per cent.

Canalys Research Analyst Daniel Lui noted that "outlay on cloud infrastructure services continues to increase among Chinese organizations, particularly startups, government agencies and enterprises."

Alibaba, under departing boss Jack Ma, maintained its dominance and accounted for 43 per cent of the market.

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