On July 19, 2021, NEOLINK Tech, which is a subsidiary of VNET Group, announced that it officially completed the wholly-owned acquisition of Tenxcloud, which is a leader in the field of cloud native applications and data platforms. VNET Group accelerated the implementation of "IDC wholesale plus IDC new retail" dual-core strategy, and made a major breakthrough in leveraging IDC new retail + cloud native to promote "client-side new infrastructure construction".
Established in Beijing at the end of 2014, Tenxcloud is a domestic leading professional service provider in the field of cloud native applications and data platforms. The core team comes from IBM. In addition to the Beijing headquarters, Tenxcloud also established branches in Shanghai, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Wuhan, Qingdao and other cities. Tenxcloud is also a silver member of Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) and a Kubernetes service provider officially certified by KCSP. Meanwhile, Tenxcloud also obtained Kubernetes Software Conformance Certification, Trusted Cloud & Certified Kubernetes, and Trusted Cloud Container Solution Certification. Since its establishment, Tenxcloud has provided services for more than 500 large and medium-sized corporate clients and Fortune Global 500 companies; and participated in the formulation of container cloud, distributed middleware services and other industry standards. Huang Qigong, CEO of Tenxcloud, came from IBM. He established IBM's first container technology team and successfully completed the strategic transformation of IBM cloud computing. As the initiator of Tenxcloud, he led the team to release the first Kubernetes-based container cloud platform in China.
Samuel Shen, CEO of VNET Group & Executive Chairman of NEOLINK Tech, said that: "Thank you for joining our big family of VNET Group. With the joint efforts of Huang Qigong and his team, Tenxcloud has become a leader in the field of cloud native. From acquaintance to acquisition, both parties firmly believe that cloud computing has reached an inflection point at which tremendous opportunities will occur, and cloud native is becoming an important engine for the digital transformation of enterprises. In the future, relying on NEOLINK's leading client-side new infrastructure capability and Tenxcloud's full-stack cloud native products, the two parties will make concerted efforts to provide powerful driving force for clients' digital transformation in the whole lifecycle.
Huang Qigong, CEO of Tenxcloud, said that after becoming a part of NEOLINK Tech, Tenxcloud will establish closer ties with the whole ecology, enhance efficient cooperation and achieve more significant synergic effect. Huang Qigong stated in a letter to employees that: "After the acquisition by NEOLINK Tech, Tenxcloud's team and business will fully join NEOLINK Tech, without changing its commitment to customers, products and business layout or organizational structure."
In the post-pandemic era, cloud computing has accelerated the transformation and upgrading from the shallow cloud migration to the deep cloud native. Cloud native refers to an idea of cloud-oriented application design, and the best practice path that can give full play to the best cloud efficacy. It can help enterprises build an independent, controllable, elastic, reliable, loosely coupled, easy-to-manage and observable application systems under the normal condition of multi-cloud environment. Cloud native can help enterprises improve delivery efficiency and reduce O&M complexity. Its representative technologies include container, microservice, service mesh, declarative API and function services.
According to the data of China Academy of Information and Communications Technology (CAICT), as early as 2019, the market scale of cloud native has reached RMB 35.02 billion, and it is expected that the market scale will exceed RMB 50 billion in 2022. Recently the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology issued the Three-year Action Plan for the Development of New Data Centers (2021-2023), which clearly encourages new infrastructure enterprises to increase investment in technology R&D and speed up innovations in the operation and management software for new data centers, as well as the key technologies and products for cloud native and cloud-network-edge integration platforms. New infrastructure enterprises should improve the software and hardware coordination ability, build an intelligent computing ecosystem with the new data center as the core, and play an enabling and driving role in the digital economy, in order to comprehensively promote the development of new data centers and build an intelligent computing ecosystem that takes new data centers as the core.
After the acquisition, relying on NEOLINK Tech's leading client-side financial infrastructure capability and Tenxcloud's full-stack cloud native products, the two parties will jointly leverage cloud native technologies to build the next-generation IDC in the following three aspects:
Cloud native management and service automation platform: technical base for the digital transformation of enterprises and users' self-service portal, including app management platform (covering core capabilities such as container service, DevOps and microservice governance) and unified resources management platform (covering core capabilities such as data center interconnection, network interconnection, cloud interconnection and service interconnection).
Cloud Native Basic Resources: Based on bare metal cloud platform, we provide container examples, container subscription products and cloud native all-in-one machines for traditional enterprises and growth-oriented Internet companies.
Cloud Native Application Market: The two parties will build a secure, trusted and carrier-neutral cloud native application market, focus on ecological construction, and accelerate the development of cloud native applications for enterprises.
As a new subsidiary brand of VNET Group, NEOLINK Tech was officially established in April 2021. NEOLINK Tech adheres to the positioning of client-side new infrastructure, and strives to make digital migration much easier to obtain. Its mission is to be a whole lifecycle partner for the digital transformation of corporate clients in the era of digital economy. After the acquisition of Tenxcloud, NEOLINK Tech will take cloud native technology as the core, integrate data center, network products, hybrid cloud products, server products and O&M products, and launch five product lines for industry digital transformation. In the era of digital economy, NEOLINK Tech will keep abreast with the latest trends of the times and make use of the five product lines to promote the construction and layout optimization of new data centers, improve network quality, enhance empowerment with computing power, strengthen industrial chain stability and safeguard security.