"The company's AliLaunch program, aimed to help foreign firms overcome business obstacles in the country, already has 11 partners including German SAP (SAP), Japanese Hitachi (HTHIY) and American Appscale Systems."
“Appscale is a Google-approved open source version of the Google App Engine that gives companies the ability to move their Google-based applications and run them anywhere they choose without the need for additional software. ”
“AppScale helps prevent lock-in or reliance on any one Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) provider. What makes AppScale unique is instead of simply offering another PaaS service, it provides a service for migrating apps from one cloud to another or even to self-hosted servers.”
“Google unveiled a partnership with startup AppScale that lets App Engine apps, which number roughly six million, run on other cloud services or companies’ own data centers and servers without modification. ...the move will help the company retain and attract more cloud customers.”