Evernote will set up a data centre in China

Evernote, the company behind the popular digital note-taking service of the same name, plans to tap the world’s largest web community – China.

It has asked Beijing to approve the building of a data centre in China, reports theĀ Wall Street Journal.

Evernote will have to comply with China’s strict regulation of web services, which hampered the ambitions of firms like Facebook and Google.

Evernote recently received a $70 million investment.

The firm said it intends to use the money to expand internationally, especially in Asia.

Evernote offers digital note-taking, syncing users’ notes with any device they log in, and allowing them to share these notes with others.

The firm’s user base has tripled since last year – it now has 30m users worldwide, and a data centre based in China could open a market that currently has 500 million internet users.

There are some 1.1m people who already use Evernote in China, relying on servers based in the United States.

But the company faces stiff competition from a multitude of domestic clones that offer similar services. For instance, if in the West Evernote’s cloud storage has Dropbox, Google Drive and Apple’s iCloud among its rivals, in China, there is also Baidu’s Wangpan.

Read more at BBC News.