With some help from Intel, Joyent is announcing it is the first cloud computing service to launch in mainland China.

Joyent is working with Intel and the Qinhuangdao Economic and Technology Development Zone (QETDZ) to bring its infrastructure cloud computing service to the Chinese market. The Joyent service is already being promoted with a localized version of its web site.

Joyent is a San Francisco based cloud computing service that launched in 2004. They are one of the pioneers of the cloud computing world. They were one of the first to offer Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) offerings. They now offer all three layers of the Cloud Stack - IaaS, Platform as a Service (PAAS) and Software as a Service (SaaS).

The China deal is a major coup for Joyent, which competes with giants like Amazon Web Services. Joyent prides itself on being a self-funded company.

It is interesting that QETDZ officials decided to embrace a cloud computing service. We are seeing a whole new level of innovation in application development that stems from the availability of cloud computing services. Companies are embracing cloud computing services in North America and elsewhere for its simplicity, scaling and elasticity. With a cloud computing infrastructure, China will be well-positioned to experience significant innovation in its technology development

In today's announcement, Intel cited Joyent's infrastructure as a measure for its support. Joyent's infrastructure is based on the Intel Xeon processor.

The QETDZ is one of China's first state-level economic and technological development zones. It is heavily focused on technology development. They have coined the name of the region as "Data Valley."

Joyent is immediately launching its base public cloud product. It plans to expand its product line in China over the next two quarters.