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CHINA BRIEF | Meituan to terminate its public cloud service in May

The move is due to “business adjustment” and will take effect since May 31.

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Meituan Open Services, the cloud computing arm of China’s on-demand service giant Meituan Dianping, announced on March 12 that it will terminate the service and user support for its public cloud service from May 31, local media Sina Tech News reported on Saturday.

The company said the termination is due to “business adjustment,” without revealing more details. Users are suggested to back up their stored data as it will not be available anymore after the cessation. Users can also submit a refund request online, according to the announcement.

According to local media Tech Planet, the firm had been planning to shift its public cloud service for internal use from 2018, as Meituan has changed its focus to invest in businesses including ride-hailing and new retail.

Meituan first launched the service in 2013 to offer cloud computing solutions to companies focusing on the catering, hotel, and travel industries. The cloud computing unit was then spun off in 2015.

This article is part of KrASIA’s “China Brief” section, where KrASIA’s reporters will provide quick daily updates about the tech ecosystem in China.