China Unicom launches a cloud of its own

Watch out Amazon: China Unicom just launched what Web Hot Review is calling a “full-service”  OpenStack-based  cloud under the Wo-Cloud brand.

The company will focus on “IaaS- and PaaS-level products for 3G, broadband, and public customers” with this public service cloud, China Unicom president Lu Yimin said in a statement, adding that “China Unicom will focus on IaaS- and PaaS-level products for 3G, broadband, and public customers by creating a public service cloud.”

On December 18, public cloud leader Amazon(s amzn) Web Services announced plans for a China service  operating out of a Beijing data center. IBM(s ibm) followed within hours with news that it was bringing SmartCloud Enterprise + to China as well in partnership with 21Vianet, a big carrier-neutral internet provider in China. Microsoft(s msft) last year announced its own 21Vianet partnership to bring Windows Azure and Office 365 to China.

Wo-Cloud will face other formidable domestic competitors as well. Alibaba, the giant Chinese commerce provider’s Aliyun cloud division is expanding its services inside China as well as building a presence outside the country.