John Chambers, CEO of Cisco, has accepted an appointment to be the counsel of international economics of the Chongqing Mayor.
In particular, Chambers will help Chongqing to build a cloud computing farm with international orientation. This farm will process data for foreign companies, one named company being HP. The cloud farm enjoys 'unfiltered' access to the Internet, with only occasional examinations of the data from the Chinese authority. The arrangement was approved by the central government in April 2011.
The 10 square kilometers farm is located in the Water-Earth Industrial Park of Beipei District of Chongqing.
Under Governor Bo Xilai, Chongqing has made itself the 'Red Capital' of communist China. The ultimate question for oversea companies who plan to take advantage of this 'cloud' will be whether they can assure data security to their customers.