Alibaba Cloud, the cloud computing arm of Alibaba Group, announced plans to open four new data centers in Australia, Japan, Germany and United Arab Emirates by the end of 2016.
The UAE data center, located Dubai, is the first one to go live, commencing initial operations on Monday.
The new data centers will boost Alibaba Cloud’s data center network to 14 locations. Alibaba Cloud currently serves 2.3 million customers.
Alibaba Cloud says the expansion will provide customers worldwide with improved latency and greater access to its diverse offerings, including data storage and analytics services, enterprise-level middleware, and cloud security services.
The company’s enhanced cloud capabilities via a stronger network of facilities and strategic partnerships will make breakthrough innovation a real possibility with artificial intelligence, deep learning and data analytics, said Simon Hu, President of Alibaba Cloud.
“Alibaba Cloud has contributed significantly to China’s technology advancement, establishing critical commerce infrastructure to enable cross-border businesses, online marketplaces, payments, logistics, cloud computing and big data to work together seamlessly,” said Hu. “We want to establish cloud computing as the digital foundation for the new global economy using the opportunities of cloud computing to empower businesses of all sizes across all markets.”
As evidence of the potential of Alibaba Cloud, Hu pointed to the recent Singles Day shopping festival, where Alibaba Cloud technology supported all of Alibaba’s online marketplaces and facilitated a record-breaking 175,000 transactions per second during peak traffic spikes. The festival showcased the capabilities not only of the cloud, but also a number of other areas, such as virtual reality, thus helping to redefine technological boundaries.
“The four new data centers will further expand Alibaba Cloud’s global ecosystem and footprint, allowing us to meet the increasing demand for secure and scalable cloud computing services from businesses and industries worldwide,” said Ethan Yu, Vice President of Alibaba Group and General Manager of Alibaba Cloud Global.
The new facilities are based in four strategically important trading and economic centers to enable the ambitions to make it easy to do business anywhere. Each of the four will add significant value to the global network and expand horizons, Alibaba Cloud said.
With the launch of the Dubai data center, the company says it will be the first major global public cloud services provider to offer cloud services from a local data center in the Middle East. The Dubai data center opening was held in conjunction with YVOLV, a joint venture of Alibaba Cloud and Meraas Holdings, a Dubai-based holding company with a portfolio spanning across key economic sectors in the United Arab Emirates. YVOLV aims to support and drive Dubai’s Smart City vision by leveraging Alibaba Cloud’s sophisticated cloud computing technologies to create new applications and big-data tools for customers in the region.
Extending its global footprint in the Asia-Pacific, Alibaba Cloud will open a new data center in Sydney by the end of 2016, bringing cloud services in data storage and processing services, enterprise-level middleware, and cloud security services to the Australian market. A dedicated team will be based in Australia, and build up a cloud ecosystem with local technology partners to drive cloud and big-data business in the region.
The Japan Data Center, hosted by SB Cloud Corporation, a joint venture between Softbank and Alibaba Group, will provide Japanese enterprises with public cloud computing services. With the joint venture, Alibaba Cloud will further expand its cloud computing service platform by leveraging SoftBank’s extensive enterprise customer base in Japan.
To support enterprises in Europe, Alibaba Cloud will partner with Vodafone Germany to open its first data center in Europe. The center is co-located in Vodafone’s data facilities in Frankfurt, Germany, one of the leading technology hubs in Europe with a highly developed infrastructure supporting technological innovation. Alibaba Cloud says the facility is well positioned to meet the increasing demand for sophisticated cloud computing services as the region seeks to accelerate the upgrade of its digital infrastructure.